Page 1:How Low Can You Go?
Page 2:CPU and Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Cards And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 8:Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
Page 13:Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
Page 14:Maximizing Graphics Potential
Page 15:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 16:Performance Summary And Efficiency
Graphics Cards And Hard Drive
Graphics Cards: PowerColor AX5670 512MD5-H
The Powercolor AX5670 512MD5-H is a reference-clocked Radeon HD 5670 with 512 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz (4 Gb/s).
This month’s choice shares a striking resemblance to the AX5770 1GBD5-H used in our $550 PC from June. A similarly-styled cooler is again both quiet and effective, and the same output port array includes 1 x DVI, 1 x D-Sub, and HDMI.
Of course, these two DirectX 11 cards are very different with regard to price and performance. While the Radeon HD 5770 is literally half of a Radeon HD 5870, the 5670 is in many ways half of the 5770. It sports 400 stream processing units (shaders), 20 texture units, and eight ROPs.
Both cards, however, employ a 128-bit memory interface, and thus have similar memory bandwidth capabilities. It's worth noting that the Radeon HD 5670 does use slightly lower core and memory frequencies.
Once again PowerColor’s retail bundle is light. You won’t find any cables, adapters, or even a CrossFire bridge, but rather just a folded manual sheet and driver CD.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250 GB
This $45 Western Digital SATA 3Gb/s hard drive spins at 7200 RPM, has 8 MB cache, and is backed by a three year warranty.
Although we consider this reliable and adequate storage for a budget gaming rig, it's admittedly difficult to swallow such a significant reduction in capacity just to save $10.
- How Low Can You Go?
- CPU and Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Cards And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Maximizing Graphics Potential
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary And Efficiency