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Tom's SBM: The $1,500 Mainstream PC
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Now that we’ve looked at our choices and justifications in detail, let’s recap our components one more time before getting into the benches :

$1,500 Mainstream System Test Configuration
Component Base Settings Overclock Setting
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
2.4 GHz, FSB 1066, 8 MB Cache
3.456 GHz (9x 384 MHz), FSB-1536
1.45 V Core
CPU Cooler Swiftech H20-220 Swiftech H20-220
Motherboard DFI Lanparty X38
Intel X38, BIOS 6.00 (03/19/2008)
Northbridge Voltage : 1.40V
RAM 4.0 GB Patriot Viper DDR2-800 Model PVS24G6400LLK
2x 2048 MB, DDR2-800, CL 5-5-5-12 at 1.90V
2x 2048 MB, DDR2-800, CL 5-5-5-12 at 1.90V
2x 2048MB, DDR2-768, CL 5-5-5-12 at 2.10V
Graphics 2x ASUS Radeon 4850 TOP (Crossfire)
2x ATI 4850 GPU, 685 MHz
2x 512 MB DDR3 1050 MHz
700 MHz GPU, DDR3 (1070 MHz)
Hard Drives 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB ST3500630AS (RAID 0)
1.0 TB, 7,200 RPM, 32 MB Cache
Unchanged
Sound Onboard
Unchanged
Network Integrated Gigabit Networking Integrated Gigabit Networking
Power Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W
ATX 2.01, 60A 12V Rail
Unchanged
Optical LITE-ON 20X DVD±R SATA Model iHAS120-04 Unchanged
Software and Drivers
Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit, SP1 Unchanged
Graphics Driver ATI Catalyst 8.10 32-bit Edition Unchanged
Onboard Device Drivers DFI Lanparty DK X38/X48 v .001 Unchanged

You know the hardware, you know the overclock, so let’s have a detailed look at the benchmarks and settings before we scrutinize the results.

3D-Game Benchmarks and Settings
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 Benchmarks and Settings
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 Benchmarks and Settings
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 multithreading
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 kbps)
Mode : PAL (25 FPS)
Profile : Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core

Application Benchmarks and Settings
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9 Version : 9.0
Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Adobe Photoshop CS 3 Version : 10.0x20070321
Filtering from a 69 MB TIF-Photo
Benchmark : Tomshardware-Benchmark V1.0.0.4
Filters : Crosshatch, Glass, Sumi-e,
Accented Edges, Angled Strokes, Sprayed Strokes
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 = 4096 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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