SBM 2: Mid Cost System

Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc 7170 SATA

The final part carried over from our previous midrange build is the Sony NEC Optiarc 7170 Serial ATA drive. We could have replaced it with a slightly faster 20x model, but there simply wasn't enough of a performance difference for us to justify buying a replacement model.

The drive's speeds approach those of the fastest drives: DVD-R and +R writes of 18x; DVD+RW and -RW rewrites of 8x and 6x; DVD+R and -R Dual Layer disk writes of 8x; CD-R and -RW writes of 48x and 32x; and DVD-RAM writes of 12X. Best of all, the Optiarc 7170 SATA sells for only $35.

This build's 650i SLI chipset would have natively supported an ATA drive, but who wants wide cables? The difference in price between ATA and SATA versions is typically less than $5.

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2.40 GHz, 1066 FSB, 8 MB Cache
Motherboard MSI P6N SLI Platinum, BIOS 1.4 (07/31/2007)
RAM PDP Patriot PC2-6400, 2x 1024 MB, CAS 4.0-4-4-12
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS
Networking nVidia nForce onboard Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Cards EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX, 768 MB RAM
576 MHz GPU, 1800 MHz RAM Data Rate
Power Supply AeroCool ZERODBA-S620
System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows XP Pro 5.1.2600
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Driver Intel INF
Graphics Driver - nVidia ForceWare 158.22

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
F.E.A.R Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768
Computer: Maximum
Graphics: Maximum-Custom-No Softshadows
Test Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Doom 3 Version: 1.3
Video Mode: 1024x768
Graphics: High
Test: Time Demo 1
Oblivion Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768
Graphics: High, 4xAA
Test: Inside & Outside save files
Lame MP3 Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
OGG Version 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)
Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to ogg
Quality: 5
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version: (no Audio)
fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.6 Version: 6.6
Profile: High Definition Profile
1-pass, 3000 kbit/s
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
no Audio
XviD 1.1.3 Version: 1.1.3
Target quantizer: 1.00
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version: 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080 & 1280x720
SPECviewperf 9 Version: 9.0.3
PCMark05 Pro Version: 1.1.0
System, CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Encoder
3DMark05 Version: 1.2
System Test Only
SiSoftware Sandra 2005 Version 2005.7.10.60
CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia Benchmarks
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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