Benchmark Results: Synthetics
As usual, 3DMark Vantage is the first synthetic we'll scrutinize, comparing this month's stock and overclocked configuration against last quarter's $1,300 setup.
Yes, the i7/GTX 260 SLI combo starts strong, but as resolution and detail are increased to the Extreme preset at 1920x1200, the AMD-based $1,250 system establishes a solid lead. Clearly, the four Radeon HD 4850s are showing their strengths here, despite the faster i7-920 processor from the April SBM build.
PCMark favors the April SBM's i7 platform by about 10-15% in general, but by 20-30% when it comes to the Memories test. No big surprises here, as the i7 is a formidable opponent for the Phenom II.
The SiSoft Sandra synthetic benchmarks tell the same story, with the Core i7-920 taking the lead, especially when it comes to memory bandwidth. The overclocked Phenom II X4 945 is able to reach the i7-920's stock speed when it comes to the multi-media benchmark, which is notable.
I agree. I mean, props for quadfire, but it's not really the best choice for the best performance.
An i5 750 build probably would have turned out better numbers on the whole, I would probably call this a last hurrah (and the $2500 too, im sure that'll be a quad) for quad CF/SLi based systems being used to run a single 30" monitor.. I'm sure we'll start to see the high end gamers moving over to eyefinity and whatever equivalent nVidia comes up with.
Interesting but frankly not a huge fan of multi gpu set ups to being with let alone a quad fire set up i mean at least with nvidia you have decent scaling, but who am i to complain for that price and it seems to run high rez just fine.
But that is a *** load of load power draw, noise(not too much nice zalman heat sinks on those cards) and heat coming out of that thing.
bit surprised when i saw the load Wattage you got i thought the older 1300 rig was a i7 with 2x260's in sli which should come out to be less power draw under load even with a modded 4870 cards
Little risky build but on the bright side you could run 8 monitors lol
Conventional would have landed this price in the i5/i7 build with 2x4890's or a bit more powerful cards really depends on which cpu you settle with. Ofc ionno how long ago you order this. Would have came out a bit more rounded but not as great for higher resolutions and AA AF settings.
This build is more of a high resolution gaming specialist. Personally i've never built a system with just gaming in mind i've always been a man that favors a more rounded system where you spend at least 3/4th of what you put into your gpu into your cpu
Thomas Soderstrom's $2,500 AMD build tomorrow
bah $2,500 and no i7 not like the budget couldn't fit very expensive gpu card and cpu in there. Oh well it wont loose out too much in games even with mutli gpu set ups...best have a sound card in there it be very refreshing for tom's builds to sport one. Interesting what monstrosity he has made to share with us.