Test Settings And Overclocked Configurations
Test Settings And Overclocked Configurations
|Test Hardware Configurations|
|Row 0 - Cell 0||$650 Gaming PC||$1300 Enthusiast PC||$2500 Performance PC|
|Processor (Overclock)||Intel Core i3-3220, 3.3 GHz, Two Physical CoresNo O/C||Intel Core i5-3570K, 3.4 GHz, Four Physical CoresO/C to 4.3 GHz, 1.3 V||Intel Core i7-3770K, 3.5 GHz, Four Physical CoresO/C to 4.6 GHz, 1.3 V|
|Graphics (Overclock)||PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2 GB: 925-975 MHz GPU, GDDR5-6000O/C to 1100 MHz GPU||Sparkle GeForce GTX 680 2 GB: 1006-1059 MHz GPU, GDDR5-6008O/C to 1153 MHz GDDR5-6408||Asus GTX690-4GD5: 915-1019 MHz GPU, GDDR5-6008O/C to 1200 MHz GDDR5-6400|
|Memory (Overclock)||4 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24, No O/C||8 GB G.Skill DDR3-1866 CAS 11-11-11-28 1T, O/C at 1.5 V to DDR3-1866 CL 8-9-9-24 2T||16 GB Crucial DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24, O/C at 1.5 V to DDR3-2133 CL 9-9-9-24|
|Motherboard (Overclock)||ASRock B75M-ITX: LGA 1155, Intel B75 Express||MSI Z77IA-E53: LGA 1155, Intel Z77 Express||Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe: LGA 1155, Intel Z77 Express|
|Optical||None||Lite-On iHAS124 24x DVD±R||Asus BW-14D1XT: 14x BD-R|
|Case||Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced||Lian Li PC-Q08B||BitFenix Prodigy w/Mesh Front|
|CPU Cooler||Intel Boxed Heat Sink And Fan||Antec Kuhler H2O 620||NZXT Kraken X40|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital WD5000AAKX: 500 GB, SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive||Adata XPG ASX900S3-64GM-C: 64 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD||Mushkin Chronos Deluxe DX 240 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD|
|Power||Corsair CX500: 500 W, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS Bronze||Corsair CX750M: 750 W Modular, ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Bronze||Seasonic SS-660XP2: 660 W Modular, ATX12V v2.3, 80 PLUS Platinum|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional x64|
|Graphics||AMD Catalyst 13.4||Nvidia GeForce 314.22||Nvidia GeForce 314.22|
|Chipset||Intel 7-series Inf v. 9.3.1025||Intel INF 126.96.36.1996||Intel INF 188.8.131.526|
Rather than manually overclock his memory, Don decided to run it at SPD defaults for baseline measurements and XMP defaults for overclocked tests. I managed to push my DDR3-1600 to DDR3-2133 by adding one cycle to its timings, while Paul’s non-overclockable platform remains locked into its defaults.
Don’s Core i5 system appears to have hit a barrier at 4.3 GHz, which is slightly lower than the 4.4 GHz I’ve grown to expect from Intel's lower-binned quad-core chips. Conversely, my Core i7 offered a better-than-expected 4.6 GHz at the same voltage setting.
GPU overclocking will likely make a far more consistent performance difference in all three systems, but only in games and perhaps the occasional OpenCL-boosted application.
|Battlefield 3||Campaign Mode, "Going Hunting" 90-Second Fraps Test Set 1: Medium Quality Defaults (No AA, 4x AF) Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Defaults (4x AA, 16x AF)|
|F1 2012||Steam Version, In-Game Test Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||Update 1.5.26, Celedon Aethirborn Level 6, 25-Second 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|
|Far Cry 3||V. 1.04, DirectX 11, 50-sec. Fraps "Amanaki Outpost" Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA, Standard ATC., SSAO Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, Enhanced ATC, HDAO|
|Adobe Creative Suite|
|Adobe After Effects CS6||Version 184.108.40.2068 x64: Create Video which includes three Streams, 210 Frames, Render Multiple Frames Simultaneosly|
|Adobe Photoshop CS6||Version 13 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates|
|Adobe Premeire Pro CS6||Version 220.127.116.11, 6.61 GB MXF Project to H.264 Blu-ray, Output 1920x1080, Maximum Quality|
|iTunes||Version 10.4.1.10 x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format|
|Lame MP3||Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)|
|HandBrake CLI||Version: 0.98: Video from Canon Eos 7D (1920x1080, 25 FPS) 1 Minutes 22 Seconds Audio: PCM-S16, 48,000 Hz, Two-Channel, to Video: AVC1 Audio: AAC (High Profile)|
|TotalCode Studio 2.5||Version: 18.104.22.16877: 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|
|ABBYY FineReader||Version 10.0.102.95: Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages|
|Adobe Acrobat X||Version 10.0.0.396: Print PDF from 115 Page PowerPoint, 128-bit RC4 Encryption|
|Autodesk 3ds Max 2012||Version 14.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080|
|Blender||Version: 2.64a, Cycles Engine, Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, 1920x1080, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Render THG.blend frame 1|
|Visual Studio 2010||Version 10.0, Compile Google Chrome, Scripted|
|WinZip||Version 17.0 Pro: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"|
|WinRAR||Version 4.2: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"|
|7-Zip||Version 9.28: THG-Workload (1.3 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|3DMark 11||Version: 1.0.3, Benchmark Only|
|PCMark 7||Version: 1.0.4 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks|
|SiSoftware Sandra 2013||Version Version 2013.01.19.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Cryptography, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark|
Someone looking at just this article, which isn't that unlikely, would be lead to believe that an i7 is something that an "ultimate" gaming computer has, that an expensive motherboard helps, and that a $2500 PC is going to be far better than a $1500 one.
They really should include performance per dollar figures in this writeup.
For the parts, or for the computers themselves? Either would be nice, actually.
One thing that would go a long way is stressing how wonky their testing is - most people reading this as advice for building a computer are going to be building a gaming computer purely, rendering 70% of the test bench pointless.
And I'm not griping at tom's, all review sites seem to do this. There should be some way to create a better benchmark. Maybe host a custom server and load it up with scripted "players" or something.
I feel like they've modified the benchmarking suite to favor AMD as much as possible.
And when was the last time an AMD CPU made it into a SBM? Modifying benchmarks to favor a product that is never showcased is a moot point.