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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: System Value Compared

The following component lists includes the overclock settings used by each system to achieve its ultimate performance capability.

December 2009 SBM Performance, O/C Settings
 $700 PC$1,300 PC$2,500 PC
MotherboardDFI BI P45-T2RS
O/C to FSB-1333
Gigabyte P55-UD4P
O/C to 172 MHz BCLK
Gigabyte P55-UD4P
O/C to 203 MHz BCLK
ProcessorIntel Pentium E5300
2.60 GHz at 3.83 GHz
11.5x 333, 1.424V
Intel Core i5-750
2.66 GHz at 3.61 GHz
21x 172, 1.168V
Intel Core i7-860
2.80 GHz at 3.65 GHz
18x 203, 1.312V
MemoryCorsair DDR2-800
CAS 5-5-5-18, 1.80V
A-Data DDR3-1333
CAS 8-8-8-24, 1.65V
O/C 1374, 9-9-9-24
2 x Crucial DDR3-1333
CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.50V
O/C 1624, 8-8-8-18
Graphics2 x XFX HD 4870
750/3600 MHz
O/C to 790/4400
2 x XFX HD 5850
725/4000 MHz
O/C to 775/4400 MHz
2 x Diamond HD 5870
850/4800 MHz
O/C to 900/5080 MHz
Hard DrivesSamsung Spinpoint F3
500GB HD502HJ
WD Caviar Black
640GB WD6401AALS
2 x WD Caviar Black
2.0TB WD2001FASS
Changed RAID 1 to 0
OpticalSamsung SH-S223C
Samsung SH-S223C
CaseAntec Two HundredNZXT M59Lian-Li LanCool PC-K7B
PowerAntec EarthWatts
650W Non-Modular
Corsair CMPSU-750TX
750W Non-Modular
Corsair CMPSU-850HX
850W Semi-Modular
CPU CoolerXigmatek HDT-SD964Intel Core i5 Standard
(Included w/CPU)
Xigmatek HDT-S1284EE
Crossbow ACK-15363
Cooler + Bracket Kit
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsATI Catalyst 9.11
ChipsetIntel INF

Like most of our recent reviews, this month's System Builder Marathon relies on Microsoft’s latest operating system to assure the best performance and compatibility with the latest hardware.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 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
Fallout 3Patch 1.7, Saved Game "Capital Wasteland" (60 sec)
Test Set 1: Highest Details, No AA, No AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 4x AA, 15x AF
Far Cry 2Patch 1.03, DirectX 10, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.XPatch 1.02, DirectX 10.1, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
World in ConflictPatch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Test 1: Very High Details, No AA / No AF
Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF
Audio and Video Encoding
iTunes 8Version: (x64)
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version: 3.98.2, wave to MP3
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to MP3
TMPGEnc 4.0 ExpressVersion:
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.2Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1
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 kbp/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)Version: 11.0 Extended, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.90Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
WinZip 12Version 12.1, WinZip Command Line Version 3.0
Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.01, GPU and CPU scores
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP4aVersion 2009.9.15.130, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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