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System Builder Marathon: The $5,000 Extreme PC
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$5,000 Extreme System Test Configuration
Component

Base Settings

Overclock Settings

CPU

Intel Core i7 965

4.20 GHz (28x 150 MHz)

3.20 GHz, 8.0 MB Cache

1.432 V Core

CPU Cooler

Cooler Master Aquagate Max

Unchanged

with Swiftech Radiator/Water Block


Motherboard

Asus Rampage II Extreme

Unchanged

Intel X58/ICH10R Chipset, LGA-1366


RAM

Mushkin 998679 Triple-Channel Kit

1,800 MHz data rate

3x 2.0 GB, CAS 7-8-7-20

1.65 V, CL 8-9-8-20

Graphics

2x MSI GeForce GTX 295 in SLI

Core/Shader 690/1,520 MHz

Core/Shader 576/1,242 MHz, GDDR3-1898

GDDR3-2160

Hard Drives

2x Intel X25-M 80 GB SATA SSD RAID 0

Unchanged

80 GB, MLC, 16 MB Cache (Per Drive)


Sound

Asus SupremeFX X-Fi Audio Riser Card

Unchanged

Networking

Integrated Gigabit Networking

Unchanged

Chassis

Cooler Master Cosmos-S RC-1100

Unchanged

Power

Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA

Unchanged

ATX12V v2.2. EPS12V, 850 W


Optical

LG Blu-ray Burner GGW-H20LK

Unchanged

Additional Fans

3x Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F

Unchanged

Software

Operating System

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce 181.20

Chipset

Intel INF 8.3.0.1016

Benchmarks and Settings

3D Games

Crysis

Version: 1.2.1, Video Quality: Very High Details, Demo: CPU-Benchmark + Tom’s Hardware Tool

Supreme Commander
Forged Alliance

Version: 1.5.3599, Video Quality: Highest Settings, Demo: WallaceTX_006_006, Benchmark: Fraps 2.9.4 - Build 7037

Unreal Tournament 3

Version: 1.2, Sound and DirectX10, Texture Details: 5, Level Details: 5, Demo: vCTF-Reflection_bot, Time: 12/60

World in Conflict

Version: 1.0.0.9, Video Quality: Very High details, Demo: Game-Benchmark

Audio Encoding

iTunes

Version: 7.7.0.43, Audio CD "Terminator" II SE, 53 min, Default format AAC

Lame MP3

Version: 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007), Audio CD ""Terminator II" SE, 53 min, wave to MP3, 160 Kb/s

Video Encoding

TMPEG 4.5

Version: 4.5.1.254, Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes), Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.3

Encoding mode: Insane Quality, Enhanced Multi-threading, Enabled using SSE4, Quarter-pixel search

XviD 1.1.3

Display encoding status=off

Mainconcept Reference 1.5.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1

MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS), Profile: Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core

Applications

Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9

Version: 9.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8

Version: 8.0.134, Virus base: 270.4.5/1533, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files

Winrar 3.80

Version 3.70 BETA 8, WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3, Compression=Best, Dictionary=4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

Winzip 11

Version 11.2, Compression=Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646

SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2

Version 2008.5.14.24, CPU Test=CPU Arithmetic/MultiMedia, Memory Test=Bandwidth Benchmark

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