Benchmark Results: Applications
Apple iTunes usually shows itself heavily biased toward CPU clock speed, yet it didn’t favor Maingear’s higher overclock.
Lame MP3 encoding reveals the expected performance difference for two differently-clocked processors.
TMPGEnc and Mainconcept again favor maingear’s higher CPU speed.
3ds Max 2009 proves no exception with the faster processor for faster rendering times.
AVG virus scan put the ball back in iBuyPower’s court, even with its slightly slower CPU clock, relaxed memory timings, and identical hard drive.
WinRAR and WinZip finish the overclocking proof-of-concept by favoring Maingear.
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what the hell Halo 2?Reply
What a stupid and pointless article. Thanks again for wasting my time. Really, i mean, if i wanted to see an add i'd just look slightly to the right.Reply
Why do the systems have different video driver packages? You call that a fair comparison ?Reply
Bravo for the editor's note on page 9. I'm downright excited to see CNET and Tom's Hardware giving attention to keeping system builders honest when it comes to system reviews. In addition, I do think that in the end, most consumers value a problem free process and fast, reliable support even more than they value a few percentage points performance gain (Or am I off base here? Please comment!).Reply
Yet that aspect of system builders is missed by the current review process. I'd love to see even more about the ordering and support process, but you're right that would require a "secret shopper" method.
I can't speak for all boutique builders, but I bet you would find many of us extremely receptive to any ideas you may have on how we can help mitigate the costs of a secret shopper program in a way that preserves the fairness and anonymity of the review process.
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Halo 2 with Vista. i did not get Halo 2 when I bought Vista.Reply
sepukoWhy do the systems have different video driver packages? You call that a fair comparison ?Reply
That's the way they shipped them, so it's the ONLY way to run a fair comparison: NO MODIFICATIONS.
Also notice that the system with the newest drivers lost. We tried ripping out the newer drivers and putting in the older ones: a few benchmarks lost around 0.1-1.0 FPS with the "matching" drivers, but it really wasn't worth the time to finish retesting since it only made the worst-performing system perform slightly worse than it had when it first lost. An increased loss of less than 1% (average) is still a loss and the difference isn't noteworthy.
Wheres 1920 x 1200?Reply
Who buys a $4k+ system to game at 1024 x 768?
hustler539Wheres 1920 x 1200?Who buys a $4k+ system to game at 1024 x 768?Reply
Who buys a $4k system to game at 1920? The 2560 results are there.
They're ugly systems, as usual.Reply
If they are going to put in premium parts, why do they buy ugly cases to stick them in? When are PC makers going to put more attention into more attractive cases?
$4,000 for an ugly brick. Whatever.
I like seeing a silverstone chassis in there. Nice to know they ain't just tossing all the nice stuff into an average garbage bin from antec or something (like we cost concious people do).Reply