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Test Setup And Benchmarks

Overclocking Intel’s Xeon E5620: Quad-Core 32 nm At 4+ GHz
Test Hardware
Intel Xeon E5620 (Westmere-EP) 2.4 GHz, LGA 1366, 5.86 GT/s QPI, 12 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i7-970 (Gulftown) 3.2 GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 12 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i7-930 (Bloomfield) 2.8 GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled
Asus Rampage III Formula (LGA 1366) Intel X58/ICH10R, BIOS 0402
Patriot 6 GB (3 x 2 GB) DDR3-2000, PV236G2000LLK @ 7-7-7-20 and 1.65 V
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160 GB SATA 3Gb/s
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP-1000 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX 11
Graphics DriverGeForce 258.96

We’re using a single GeForce GTX 480 here in order to take GPU bottlenecks out of the equation.

Also, Patriot’s 2000 MT/s Viper II kit gives us ample headroom for elevated data rates; the Xeon pushed these modules to ~DDR3-1700.

Benchmarks and Settings

Audio Encoding


Version: 10.0.1 (64-bit), Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min., Default format AAC

Video Encoding

TMPGEnc 4.7

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

DivX 6.9.2

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

Xvid 1.2.2

Display encoding status=off

MainConcept Reference 2.0

MPEG2 to 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

HandBrake 0.9.4
Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai to .mp4, High Profile


Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 (64-bit)

Version: 2010 Service Pack 1, Render Space Flyby Scene at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

WinRAR 3.90

Version 3.90 (64-bit), Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)


Version 4.65, Built-in Benchmark

Adobe Photoshop CS5
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 11.0
Version: 10.0.1120, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memories, TV and Movies, and Productivity benchmarks, Windows Media Player

SiSoftware Sandra 2010

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

Metro 2033
High Quality Settings, AAA / 4xAF, 4xAA / 16xAF, vsync off, 1280x1024 / 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, DirectX 11, Steam Version, Built-In Benchmark
Just Cause 2
High Quality Settings, No AA / 2xAF, 4xAA / 16xAF, vsync off, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Desert Sunrise Benchmark, Steam Version
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Ultra High Settings, No AA / No AF, 4xAA / No AF, 1280x1024 / 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Second Sun, 45 second sequence, Fraps
DiRT 2
High / Ultra High Settings, No AA / No AF, 8xAA / No AF, 1280x1024 / 1680x1050 / 1920x1080 / 2560x1600, In-Game Benchmark, Steam Version
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