Asus P9X79 Pro LGA 2011, Intel X79 ExpressStock 100 MHz BCLK
Lite-On iHAS124-04 24x DVD±R
Pioneer BDR-206DBKS 12x BD-R
Antec Nine Hundred
Antec P280 Case w/Rosewill Fans
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe MX 120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
SeaSonic SS-750KM: 750W, ATX12V, 80 PLUS Gold
SeaSonic SS-860XP: 860W, ATX12V, 80-Plus Platinum
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Nvidia GeForce 301.42
AMD Catalyst 12.2
Intel INF 22.214.171.1240
Intel INF 126.96.36.1990
In addition to overclocking our PC, we enabled Virtu MVP’s HyperFormance mode in the overclocked configuration. Though it doesn't demonstrate much benefit in most of our System Builder Marathon games, you will see it bolster the 3DMark score. Except for that exhibition, its ineffectiveness in applications that count towards our overall performance calculations would have otherwise caused us to leave it disabled.
Campaign Mode, "Going Hunting" 90-Seconds Fraps Test Set 1: Medium Quality Defaults (No AA, 4x AF) Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Defaults (4x AA, 16x AF)
V1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Update 1.5.26, Celedon Aethirborn Level 6, 25 Seconds Fraps Test Set 1: DX11, High Details No AA, 8x AF, FXAA enabled Test Set 2: DX11, Ultra Details, 8x AA, 16x AF, FXAA enabled
Custom map "Tom's Hardware Guide V2", 60 seconds Fraps Test Set 1: High Details, High Quality Test Set 2: Ultra Details, Extreme Quality
Version 10.4.1.10 x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format
Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
I have the exact same GTX 680 from ASUS, and I love it. Managed to get 1337Mhz out of the core and 6800 out of the memory. I achieved that with only 115% power limit. If I raise the power limit any higher, i start to loose performance and stability. That is a truly awesome memory oveerclock you got out of it! Congrats!
Very much looking foreward to the value comparison.
Would LOVE to see the 1800$ build win the value comparo!
GO GTX 680!!
My vote goes towards keeping a gaming focus as opposed to a more "all-in-one" type build.
Love the System Builder Articles, love Toms!
Unfortunately GTX 680 availability is still pretty spotty.
Had to spend 2 days on newegg, refreshing the page every few mins to get the model i wanted.
However, it IS looking better. They are listing them more often on newegg, and they don't sell-out as quickly as they were a few weeks ago.
Check newegg daily from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm CST, and you should be able to catch one.
The GTX 670's are in stock right now.
Good luck rohitbaran!
should we keep the gaming focus or move back towards higher-cost do-it-all machines?
Personally, I'm happy with the gaming focus. Don't know how others feel but gaming performance is more important than productivity benchmarks for me. I compile a lot of code and do some video encoding but I find gaining fps in games is more important than shaving seconds off my work. Besides, productivity follows gaming performance close enough.
On another note, I dislike value comparisons when things like SSD size and optical drives have made an impact in price. A larger SSD does nothing for a benchmark but is awesome in practice. I'd prefer only comparing the combined price of the gpu, cpu, cooler(s) and mobo in the value chart. That's not a perfect solution but it annoys me that things like high quality PSUs, nice cases, blu-ray burners and large SSDs throw things off so much.
strandiamSo many great cases to choose from with so many great features....Perhaps the award-winning NZXT Phantom 410 next time?
CrashmanPerhaps the award-winning NZXT Phantom 410 next time?http://www.tomshardware.com/review 203-5.html
My only dislike about this build is the case, for a $2000 PC I would prefer a case that was tidier and larger than the Antec Nine Hundred (especially with the layout of the HDD bays). The NZXT Phantom 410 would be much better for that budget.