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Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler

Test Settings And Benchmarks

Test System Configuration
Eurocom Racer 2.0Clevo P150HMClevo X7200
CPUIntel Core i7-3820QM 2.7-3.7 GHz 4-cores 8-threads, 8 MB L3 CacheIntel Core i7-2960XM 2.7-3.7 GHz 4-cores 8-threads, 8 MB L3 CacheIntel Core i7-990X 3.46-3.73 GHz 6-cores 12-threads, 12 MB L3 Cache
ChipsetIntel HM77 Express PCHIntel HM65 Express PCHIntel X58 Express IOH / ICH10R
RAMSamsung M473B5273DH0-YK0 12 GB (3 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 C11Samsung M471B5273DH0-CK0 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 C11Samsung M471B5273DH0-CK0 12 GB (3 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 C9
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 660M: 835 MHz, 1 GB GDDR5-4000AMD Radeon HD 6990M: 715 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3600AMD Radeon HD 6990M: 715 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3600
Graphics 2Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M: 620 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3000NoneNone
Hard DriveIntel SSD 520 SSDSC2CW120A3 120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSDIntel SSD 510 SSDSC2MH120A2 120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSDIntel SSDSC2MH120A2 120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
SoundIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit NetworkingIntegrated Gigabit NetworkingIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerFSP 19 V, 9.47 A AdapterLi-Shin 20 V, 7.5 A AdapterChicony 20 V, 15 A Adapter
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 302.71AMD Catalyst 11.11

Now that Intel’s more mainstream family of Core i7s ships at the same clock rates as its previous-generation Extreme model, we think it’s a great time to look for added value from the Ivy Bridge design. Unfortunately, our two samples didn't include a common GPU. That part can’t be helped, since we no longer have access to either the older P150HM or its Radeon HD 6990M support kit.

Rather than dwell on the reasons why notebook vendors like Eurocom aren't able to leave us with long-term loaners for multi-generational component-level comparisons, we're taking the opportunity to see if Intel's slightly more powerful Ivy Bridge architecture is able to reach performance parity with the Gulftown-based Core i7-990X. We already had the data, and including it would be easy.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
DiRT 3V1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
Metro 2033Full Game, Built-In Benchmark, "Frontline" Scene Test Set 1: DX11, High, AAA, 4x AF, No PhysX, No DoF Test Set 2: DX11, Very High, 4x AA, 16x AF, No PhysX, DoF On
StarCraft IIVersion 1.4.4, Tom's Hardware custom map Test Set 1: High Texture, High Quality Test Set 2: Ultra Textures, Extreme Quality
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format
Lame MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion 0.95: "Big Buck Bunny" (720x480, 23.972 FPS) 5 Minutes, Audio: Dolby Digital, 48 000 Hz, Six-Channel, English, to Video: AVC Audio: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)
MainConcept ReferenceVersion: MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, Two-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Adobe Photoshop CS5Version 12.1 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2012Version 14.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
WinZipVersion 15.5 Pro: THG-Workload (464 MB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 4.01: THG-Workload (464 MB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.22: THG-Workload (464 MB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
ABBYY FineReaderVersion Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.