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Parallel Processing, Part 2: RAM and HDD

Test Setup

We selected a typical upper mainstream configuration for this project :

Platform
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 (65nm, 3000 MHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
MotherboardDFI LANParty UT P35-T2R, Rev : A.03Chipset : Intel P35, BIOS 23.08.2007
RAMCorsair CM2X1024-888C4D2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 4-4-4-12, 2T)
System Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
Additional Hard DrivesWestern Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA/150
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-S183
Graphics CardZotac GeForce 8800 GTSGPU : GeForce 8800 GTS (500 MHz)RAM : 320 MB GDDR3 (1600 MHz)
Sound CardIntegrated
Power SupplyEnermax EG565P-VEATX 2.01, 510 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Drivers IntelVersion 8.3.1013
Graphics Drivers NvidiaForceware 162.18

An AMD Athlon 64 X2 system would have been more memory sensitive, but its overall performance is smaller, which is why we decided to stay with the Intel Core 2 Duo system.

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Call Of Duty 2Version : 1.3 RetailVideo Mode : 1280x960Anti Aliasing : offGraphics Card : mediumTimedemo demo2
PreyVersion : 1.3Video Mode : 1280x1024Video Quality : game defaultVsync = offBenchmark : THG-Demo
Quake 4Version : 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)Video Mode : 1280x1024Video Quality : highTHG Timedemo waste.maptimedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Audio
Lame MP3Version 3.98 Beta 5Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to mp3160 kbps
Video
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressVersion : 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.7Version : 6.7 (4 Logical CPUs)Profile : High Definition Profile1-pass, 3000 kbit/sEncoding mode : Insane QualityEnhanced multithreadingno Audio
XviD 1.1.3Version : 1.1.3Target quantizer : 1.00
Mainconcept H.264 v2Version 2.1260 MB MPEG-2 source (1920x1080) 16:9Codec : H.264Mode : NTSCAudio : AACProfile : HighStream : Program
Applications
WinrarVersion 3.70(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)Compression = BestDictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion : 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"Rendering HTDV 1920x1080
CinebenchVersion : R101 CPU, x CPU run
Sysmark 2007 PreviewVersion 1.01Official Run
Synthetics
PCMark05 ProVersion : 1.2.0CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player 10.00.00.3646Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980