Page 1:Mid-Range: Compromising, But Still Powerful
Page 2:Meet Our CPU, For The Last Time
Page 3:Motherboard, Cooler, And Memory
Page 4:Hard Drive and Case
Page 5:Power Supply, Optical Drive, and Video Cards
Page 6:Assembly & Overclocking
Page 7:Test System & Benchmarks
Page 8:Synthetic Benchmarks
Page 9:Application Benchmarks: Media Encoding
Page 10:Application Benchmarks: 2D And 3D Rendering
Page 11:Application Benchmarks: Productivity
Page 12:Game Benchmarks: First-Person Shooters
Page 13:Game Benchmarks: Real-Time Strategy
Application Benchmarks: Productivity
These are our final application benchmarks. AVG is a virus scanner, and WinRAR and WinZIP are file compression utilities; all of these applications will provide some real time-consuming tasks for the mid-range system.
This benchmark scans 334 MB of compressed files and does the job in under two minutes. The overclock once again provides the now-familiar 40% speed increase.
So far, WinRAR seems to be the least clock speed-dependent application in the test suite, showing us a relatively low 20% speed increase over stock frequencies.
The WinZIP result gets close to the 40% gain we’ve seen in most of the previous application benchmarks.
It’s repetitive, but the average 40% speed increase we saw in all of the application benchmarks really speaks to the effectiveness of overclocking. Even though we didn’t reach our lofty 3.7 GHz goal, the Q6600 provided us with plenty of extra horsepower for our overclocking efforts.
Let’s see how the new mid-range machine performs in the gaming benchmarks.
- Mid-Range: Compromising, But Still Powerful
- Meet Our CPU, For The Last Time
- Motherboard, Cooler, And Memory
- Hard Drive and Case
- Power Supply, Optical Drive, and Video Cards
- Assembly & Overclocking
- Test System & Benchmarks
- Synthetic Benchmarks
- Application Benchmarks: Media Encoding
- Application Benchmarks: 2D And 3D Rendering
- Application Benchmarks: Productivity
- Game Benchmarks: First-Person Shooters
- Game Benchmarks: Real-Time Strategy