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Test System Configuration And Benchmarks

System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $750 Gaming PC
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Component
 Base Settings
 Overclock Setting
CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 435 (Rana), 2.90 GHz
2,000 MHz HyperTransport Link, 2,000 MHz Northbridge, No L3 Cache
3 Cores: 3.668 GHz (14x 262 MHz)
2,096 MHz HyperTransport Link, 2,620 MHz Northbridge
4 Cores: 3.598 GHz (14 x 257 MHz)
1,799 MHz Hyper-Threading Link, 2,570 MHz Northbridge
CPU Cooler
Xigmatek HDT-SD964
Unchanged
Motherboard
Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3H
AMD 790GX, BIOS F3 (09/16/2009)
Unchanged
RAM
 4GB G.Skill PC3-12800 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
2 x 2,048MB, DDR3-1600, CL 9-9-9-24 at 1.6V
DDR3-1396, CL 7-8-7-15 at 1.65V
DDR3-1369, CL 7-8-7-15 at 1.65V
Graphics
2 x Sapphire 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB
650 MHz GPU, 2,000 MHz Memory Data Rate
700MHz GPU, 2,360 MHz Memory-Data Rate
Hard Drive
Western Digital Black WD6401AALS
640GB, 7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache
Unchanged
Sound
Integrated 7.1-Channel HD Audio
Unchanged
Network
Integrated Gigabit Networking
Unchanged
Power
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
Unchanged
Optical
LG Black 22X DVD Burner SATA Model GH22NS50
Unchanged
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
Unchanged
Graphics Driver
AMD Catalyst 10.2
Unchanged
Platform Driver
AMD UD3 7-Series Utility 2.2
Unchanged
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
Dirt 2
in-game benchmark, DirectX 9
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 8x AA
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat Benchmark version
Test Set 1: High Preset, DirectX 10.1 EFDL, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DirectX 10.1 EFDL, 4x MSAA
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes
Version:9.0.2.25 x64
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
Handbrake 0.9.4
Version 0.9.4
Convert first .vob file from "The Last Samurai" (1.0GB) to .mp4, High-Profile
TMPEGEnc 4.0 Xpress
Version: 4.7.3.292
Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.9.1
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.2
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 2010
Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0
Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407, Benchmark: Scan 334MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90
Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334MB)
7-Zip
Version 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334MB)
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Version 11.0 Extended (64-bit)
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark Vantage
Version: 1.0.2, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark Vantage
Version: 1.0.1.0 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2010
Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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