Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
We had to switch to the full version of DiRT 2 in order to get the game’s DirectX 11 mode to work with Nvidia’s latest graphics architecture. We’ve determined through testing another AMD-equipped system that the new default track causes about a 5% performance loss compared to the track of the demo version, yet we no longer have the previous SBM machine for the retest (and we don't really want to bother the winners of those systems to run benchmarks for us). Thus, the $2,000 machine starts out with a small artificial handicap. Should we be worried?
The $2,000 machine stomps on our previous build, in spite of the penalty incurred by the new track. Not that we needed all this extra performance, since the lowest-average FPS of the previous machine’s tests dropped only to 53.3 FPS.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat takes revenge on the new machine, putting our previous system in the lead by a wide margin at our lower test settings. Cranking up the details and adding anti-aliasing (AA) allows the new machine to climb out of its hole to overtake its more expensive predecessor.
It still has a room for a SSD -> OCZ Vertex 2/ Agility 2 50GB or Vertex/ Agility 60GB...these both retail under $200...
But, a good rig!for someone who is just about to build his new PC with that much budget!
Oh, and are those temps right? Nearly 93 C CPU temp when overclocked? I'd scale that back a bit...
Great build though, might have put a bit more money towards the case if I was building it
I still fail to see the love of 1366 in these builds where there is no intention of upgrading to hexacore. Save the $100 and do a p55 i7-860 build. You're going to get performance that rivals the 930 on every benchmark including those that take x8/x8 into consideration. You'll surpass the 930 in a few.
700 for dual 470s when you can get dual 5850s for 560.
PSU that is being heavily overtaxed. You're risking the entire 2k machine by running 100w over the psus rated value. The only thing keeping this machine running is the fact that Silverstone makes high quality parts and you have a single rail. Had this of been a multi-rail you would have been pulling out a gpu, scaling back your overclocks, or buying a new psu. At some point you have to wonder if this is a safety hazard.
Sorry Thomas, just not feeling this build at all. I see about $400 of budget that could have easily have been trimmed and would have been within a few percentage points of the current build. This could have gone towards anything from your much wanted redundant storage to SSD drives.
And no, I've never had problems with dust. And I own a dog. Go figure.
a4mulaCan't say I agree with much here. You pick up a budget case that's going to restrict airflow due to lack of wire management, and then drop 75 on a cooler. Megahalems are spectacular, I own one myself but you've defeated any gain by placing it in a subpar enclosure. Should have just went with a 902 and a CM 212+. Would have been cheaper and less restrictive.I still fail to see the love of 1366 in these builds where there is no intention of upgrading to hexacore. Save the $100 and do a p55 i7-860 build. You're going to get performance that rivals the 930 on every benchmark including those that take x8/x8 into consideration. You'll surpass the 930 in a few.I'm not seeing the point of the Blueray drive. If this was a bare bones value to performance build it sticks out like a sore thumb. 700 for dual 470s when you can get dual 5850s for 560. Sorry Thomas, just not feeling this build at all. I see about $400 of budget that could have easily have been trimmed and would have been within a few percentage points of the current build. This could have gone towards anything from your much wanted redundant storage to SSD drives.It's OK a4mula, but you're completely wrong.
1.) The air temperature in the case was excellent. Tom's has tested enough cases to know that smaller models that fit tightly around the CPU cooler do an excellent job of cooling the CPU area, so long as the rear fan is fast enough.
2.) Tom's tested the 212+, and it's only fair (not great). This months build was expected to reach high overclocks.
3.) Tom's has also done an i7-860 build around six months ago, that CPU was one of the worst-overclocking i7's Tom's has ever used. Subtract around 4-8% in game performance for using x8 slots, and the value evaporates.
4.) Would you build a $1000 machine that can't run DVD's? Then why would you build a $2000 machine that can't play BRD's? BRD's are close enough to mainstream that not having the capability should be the thing that "sticks out" IMO, but you do make a decent argument since this pick was based on an opinion.
5.) Yeh, you saw how dual 470's smashed the performance of dual 5870's? Oh, that was a 5970...well there you go. 470's take the big win.
So a4mula, points 1-3 and 5 are purely factual and based on testing. You might be able to win the opinion-based argument on #4, but whoever gave you the thumbs-up was also wrong so don't let popularity mislead you.