Time To Upgrade, Part 2: Picking The Parts To Replace

Test Systems And Benchmarks

System Hardware
Performance Benchmarks
Base System
(Socket LGA 775)
MSI P35 Platinum (Rev. 1.0), Chipset: Intel P35, BIOS: 1.C (30/12/2009)
CPU IntelIntel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (65 nm, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache, TDP 130 W)
RAM DDR2 (dual)4 x 1 GB DDR2-800 (Corsair CM2C1024-6400C4 5-5-5-15)
GraphicsZotac GeForce 8800 GTS, GPU: G80, Graphics RAM: 320 MB GDDR3 (900 MHz), Stream Processors: 96
Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor, 150 GB (WD1500ADFD), 10 000 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 16 MB Cache
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V 750 W
Upgrade I: Platform
(Socket LGA 1156)
MSI P55A Fuzion (Rev. 1.0), Chipset: Intel P55, BIOS: 1.0 (07/12/2010)
CPU IntelIntel Core i7-870 (45 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2 and 8 MB L3 Cache, TDP 95 W, Rev. B1)
RAM DDR3 (dual)2 x 2 GB DDR-1333 (OCZ3G2000LV4GK)
Upgrade II: Graphics
Graphics CardMSI R5870 Lightning TwinFrozr II, GPU: Cypress (900 MHz), Graphics RAM: 1024 MB GDDR5 (2400 MHz), Stream Processors: 1600
Upgrade III: Hard Drive/SSD
SSDG.Skill Phoenix 100 GB SSD (FM-25S2S-100GBP1), SandForce SF-1200, SATA 3 Gb/s
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate x64
Updated on 2010-07-29
Drivers and Settings
ATI Radeon DriverATI Catalyst 10.7 Suite for Windows 7
Nvidia GeForce DriverGeForce Driver Release 256 258.96
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility Ver.
Intel Storage DriversMatrix Storage Drivers Ver. 8.​9.​0.​1023
3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
Grand Theft Auto IVVersion: 1.0.3
Video Mode:
- 1680x1050, - Aspect Ratio: Auto, - All options: Low, - View Distance: 10, - Detail Distance: 100, - Vehicle Density: 100, - Shadow Density: 16, - Definition: On, - Vsync: Off, In-game Benchmark
Left 4 DeadVersion:
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings
- Anti Aliasing: None
- Filtering: Trilinear
- Wait for vertical sync: Disabled
- Shader Detail: Medium
- Effect Detail: Medium
- Model/Texture Detail: Medium
Demo: THG Demo 1
Left 4 Dead
High Qualtity Settings
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings
- Anti Aliasing: 8x
- Filtering: Anisotropic 16x
- Wait for vertical sync: Disabled
- Shader Detail: Very High
- Effect Detail: High
- Model/Texture Detail: High
Demo: THG Demo 1
Left 4 Dead 2Version:
Video Mode: 1680x1050
Game Settings
- Anti Aliasing: 4x MSAA
- Filtering: Anisotropic 8x
- Wait for vertical sync: Disabled
- Shader Detail: High
- Effect Detail: High
- Model/Texture Detail: High
Demo: THG Demo 1
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min.
Convert to AAC audio format
Lame MP3Version 3.98.3
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min.
Convert WAV to MP3 audio format
Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kbps)
Video Benchmarks and Settings
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.94
Video: Big Buck Bunny (720x480, 23.972 frames) 5 Min.
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Channel, English
Video: AVC1 Audio1: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)
MainConcept Reference v2Version:
MPEG-2 to H.264
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec. HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2)
MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, 2-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kbps)
Codec: H.264 Pro
Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS)
Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Application Benchmarks and Settings
7-ZipVersion 9.1 beta
Syntax "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
WinRARVersion 3.92
Syntax "winrar a -r -m3"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
WinZip 14Version 14.0 Pro (8652)
WinZIP Commandline Version 3
Syntax "-a -ez -p -r"
Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
Autodesk 3ds Max 2010Version: 10 x64
Rendering Space Flyby Mentalray (SPECapc_3dsmax9)
Frame: 248
Resolution: 1440 x 1080
CineBench 11.5Version 11.5 Build CB25720DEMO
CPU Test single- and multi-threaded
Adobe Photoshop CS 4 (64-Bit)Version: 11
Filtering a 16 MB TIF (15000x7266)
Radial Blur (Amount: 10; Method: zoom; Quality: good)
Shape Blur (Radius: 46 px; custom shape: Trademark sysmbol)
Median (Radius: 1px)
Polar Coordinates (Rectangular to Polar)
Adobe Acrobat 9 ProfessionalVersion: 9.0.0 (Extended)
== Printing Preferenced Menu ==
Default Settings: Standard
== Adobe PDF Security - Edit Menu ==
Encrypt all documents (128-bit RC4)
Open Password: 123
Permissions Password: 321
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007Version: 2007 SP2
Powerpoint Document (115 Pages)
Adobe PDF-Printer
FritzFritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.3.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.02 Patch 1901
Options: Performance
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark VantageVersion: Patch 1901
PCMark Benchmark
Memories Benchmark
SYSmark 2007 PreviewVersion 1.05
SiSoftware Sandra 2010Version: 2010.1.16.10
Processor Arithmetic, Cryptography, Memory Bandwith