Systems and Benchmark Configurations
|Test Hardware Configurations|
|Row 0 - Cell 0||$550 PC||$1000 PC||$2000 PC|
|Motherboard (Overclock)||ASRock M3A770DE Socket AM3, AMD 770/SB710O/C to 243 MHz RCLK||ARock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155, Intel P67 ExpressNo BCLK Overclock||Asus P8P67 WS Revolution LGA 1155, Intel P67 ExpressNo BCLK Overclock|
|Processor (Overclock)||AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.80 GHz Quad-CoreO/C to 3.40 GHz, 1.30V||Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30 GHz Quad-CoreO/C to 4.40 GHz, 1.30V||Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40 GHz, Four Physical CoresO/C to 4.80 GHz, 1.40V|
|Memory (Overclock)||4 GB G.Skill DDR3-1333 CAS 9-9-9-24, U/C at 1.59V to DDR3-1296, CL 8-8-8-24||4 GB G.Skill DDR3-1333 CAS 7-7-7-20,1.50 VNo Overclock||8 GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24, O/C at 1.60V to DDR3-1866 CL 8-9-8-24|
|Graphics (Overclock)||Sapphire HD 6850 1GB 775 MHz GPU, GDDR5-4000O/C to 800 MHz, GDDR5-4400||Gigabyte HD 6950 2GB 800 MHz GPU, GDDR5-5000O/C to 880 MHz, GDDR5-5200||2x XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 800 MHz GPU, GDDR5-5000O/C to 840 MHz, GDDR5-5300|
|Hard Drive||Samsung F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM, 16MB Cache||Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1.0 TB 7200 RPM, 32MB Cache||2x A-Data S599 SSD, Striped 64 GB x2 (128 GB Combined)|
|Optical||Lite-On iHAS 124-04 24X DVD±R, 48X CD-R||Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X DVD±R, 48X CD-R||Lite-On iHBS212 BD-RE 12X BD-R, 16X DVD±R|
|Case||Xigmatek ASGARD II||In-Win Android||Antec Three Hundred Illusion|
|Power||Antec EA380D 380W ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS Bronze||Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V v2.2, 80 PLUS||Seasonic SS-850HT 850WATX12V v2.31, 80 PLUS Silver|
|CPU Cooler||AMD Boxed Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus||Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64|
|Graphics||AMD Catalyst 11.2|
|Chipset||AMD All-in-1 Ver. 8.631||Intel INF 126.96.36.1991|
Limited by its stock cooling solution, the $550 PC still reaches a moderate 3.40 GHz CPU overclock. Larger coolers and newer core technologies enable higher frequencies, such as the $1000 system’s 4.40 GHz at 1.30 V and the $2000 build’s 4.80 GHz at 1.40 V. Low-budget builder Paul Henningsen relied on reduced latencies to boost his system’s memory performance, while the high-end build used higher frequencies for similar purposes.
Perhaps the most extreme technique for extracting additional performance, $1000 system builder Don Woligroski flashed the BIOS of his single Radeon HD 6950 graphics card to HD 6970 GPU specifications, though its memory didn’t support the full clock rate of the higher-model card.
|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, 8x AA|
|F1 2010||V1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA|
|Just Cause 2||Version 188.8.131.52, Built-In Benchmark "Concrete Jungle" Test Set 1: Medium Details, No AA, 8x AF Test Set 2: Highest Details, 8x AA, 16x AF|
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat||Call Of Pripyat Benchmark version Test Set 1: High Preset, DX11 EFDL, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, DX11 EFDL, 4x MSAA|
|iTunes||Version: 184.108.40.206 x64 Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes Default format AAC|
|HandBrake 0.9.4||Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai (1 GB) to .mp4, High Profile|
|TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress||Version: 220.127.116.112 Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes) Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9|
|DivX Codec 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||MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)|
|Adobe Photoshop CS4||Version: 11.0 x64, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates|
|Autodesk 3ds Max 2010||Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)|
|WinRAR 3.90||Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)|
|7-Zip||Version 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32 KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8 Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|3DMark 11||Version: 18.104.22.168, Benchmark Only|
|PCMark Vantage||Version: 22.214.171.124 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks|
|SiSoftware Sandra 2011||Version 2011.1.17.15, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark|
how much is a good surround sound system?
how much is a blu-ray player?
I rest my case.
Taking a simple average you'd get that the $500 machine is typically about 30% the speed of the $2000 OC machine. An SSD does improve the day-to-day performance of a computer significantly.
qwertymac93how much is a good surround sound system?how much is a blu-ray player?I rest my case.1) Surround sound system = not worth it.
2) Blu-ray player = Definitely not worth it.
3) $300 monitor = not worth it.
Of course, this could be the my inner poor college student talking. I'm sure for some people it is worth it.
The $500 AMD machine underperformed in the CPU department. I think the Intel i3 2120 paired with a H61 motherboard would have been the better choice.
$1,000 rig was near perfection.
$2,000 rig suffered from CPU bottlenecks at resolutions lower than 2560x1600 so it should be paired with at least $600 worth of display(s).
Your second to last paragraph needlessly bashes the $500 system. So a cheap build is bad for a user that only wants performance? Well, duh.
Your $500 build was titled as a gaming PC and now that only counts for 30% of average performance. Mixing all of the stats into one performance bar is useless to everyone. Keep the gamer/av/production separate as that is more useful.
I was thinking of taking the $2K model and
-- doubling up the RAM from 8 to 16
-- cutting from 2 SSD to 1
-- downgrading the graphics card, to I don't know what
-- deleting the CPU cooler.. I will not be over-clocking
-- leaving the rest as is
I propose downgrading the 2K PC vice upgrading the 1K because I feel ASUS/INTEL/Ubuntu64 combo is better for virtualization than AROCK/INTEL.
Maybe the 1K PC can do it also.
the $2000 machines twin SSDs