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System Builder Marathon: Performance And Value Compared
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Base And Overclocked Performance Settings
Component

$600 PC

$1,300 PC

$2,500 PC

CPU

Intel Pentium E5200

Intel Core i7 920

Intel Core i7 920

2.50 GHz, FSB-800

2.66 GHz, BCLK 133 MHz

2.66 GHz, BCLK 133 MHz

CPU Overclock

3.5 GHz (10.5x 333.3 MHz)

3.44 GHz (20 x 172 MHz)

3.25 GHz ( 21 x 155 MHz)

FSB-1333, 1.224 V Core

1.296 V Core

1.0375 V Core

RAM

G.Skill F2-6400CL4D-4GBHK

G.Skill 10666CL7T-6GBPK

Mushkin 998679 (6.0 GB Kit)

DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12, 1.80 V

DDR3-1333, 8-8-8-19, 1.56 V

DDR3-1600, 7-8-7-20, 1.65 V

RAM Overclock

DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12, 1.80 V

DDR3-1378, 8-8-8-19, 1.56 V

DDR3-1550, 7-7-6-14, 1.65 V

Motherboard

ASRock G41M-LE

DFI LANParty Jr X58-T3H6

DFI LANParty Jr X58-T3H6

Graphics

XFX GeForce GTX 260-216

2 x BFG GeForce GTX 260

2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 295

576 Mhz GPU, GDDR3-2000

590 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2000

576 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2000

Graphics Overclock

633 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2000

600 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2060

652 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2444

Power

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY

PC Power & Cooling S75QB

Corsair CMPSU-1000HX

Hard Drives

Seagate 7200.12 500 GB

WD Caviar Black 640 GB

2 x Western Digital RE3 500 GB

Sound

Integrated HD Audio

Integrated HD Audio

Integrated HD Audio

Networking

Integrated Gigabit LAN

Integrated Gigabit LAN

Integrated Gigabit LAN


Further overclocking details can be found in the build article of each system.

Benchmark Configuration

3D Games

Crysis

Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool

Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA

Test Set 2: Very High Quality, No AA

Far Cry 2

DirectX 10, in-game benchmark

Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA

Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

Average of 4 segments "A-Tested Object"

Test Set 1: High Preset, DirectX 10, EFDL, no MSAA

Test Set 2: High Preset, DirectX 10, EFDL, 4x MSAA

World In Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo

Test 1: Very High Details, No AA / No AF

Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF

Audio/Video Encoding

iTunes 8

Version: 8.1.0.52 (x64)

Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min.

Default format AAC

Lame MP3

Version: 3.98 64-bit (07-04-2008)

Audio CD "Terminator II" SE, 53 min.

.wav to MP3

TMPGEnc 4.6

Version: 4.6.3.268

Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)

Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.5

Encoding mode: Insane Quality

Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4

Quarter-pixel search

Xvid 1.2.1

Display encoding status = off

Mainconcept Reference 1.6.1

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)

Productivity

Autodesk 3ds Max 2009

Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5

Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files

WinRAR 3.80

Version 3.80, WinZip Command line Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

WinZip 12

Version 12.0, 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 2009 SP3

Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

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