Page 1:The Quest For Six-Core Value
Page 2:CPU And Graphics
Page 3:Motherboard, CPU Cooling, And RAM
Page 4:Case And Power
Page 6:Component Installation
Page 7:Component Installation, Continued
Page 9:Test Settings
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Synthetic
Page 11:Benchmark Results: CoD: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
Page 12:Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 14:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 15:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Benchmark Results: Synthetic
Anxious to gauge the “raw power” combination of a 4 GHz six-core CPU and two GeForce GTX 480s, we jumped straight to the synthetic tests. The game and program tests you'll find on the following pages will show how these results affect real-world performance.
Though the Phenom II X6 1055T’s low 2.8 GHz stock speed places a significant barrier to 3D performance, pushing it to 4.0 GHz at least partially uncaps the GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards. The result is a big 3DMark win for this month’s overclocked PC.
PCMark doesn’t like the Nvidia chipset’s SATA controller and doesn’t care about the processor's extra cores, slapping down the new system even when overclocked.
Sandra Arithmetic appears to prefer Intel’s Core architecture taken from our June system, while its Multimedia test gets a big boost from this month’s AMD six-core chip.
The triple-channel memory subsystem on our June system beats this month’s dual-channel configuration. Because the performance difference is far greater than triple-channel’s 50% theoretical advantage, it appears that the former system’s Intel processor is also better at accessing available bandwidth. Both systems ran stock speed tests at DDR3-1333 CAS 9.
- The Quest For Six-Core Value
- CPU And Graphics
- Motherboard, CPU Cooling, And RAM
- Case And Power
- Component Installation
- Component Installation, Continued
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Synthetic
- Benchmark Results: CoD: Modern Warfare 2 And Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency