Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
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|Component||Base Settings||Overclock Setting|
|CPU||AMD Athlon II X3 435 (Rana), 2.90 GHz2,000 MHz HyperTransport Link, 2,000 MHz Northbridge, No L3 Cache||3 Cores: 3.668 GHz (14x 262 MHz)2,096 MHz HyperTransport Link, 2,620 MHz Northbridge4 Cores: 3.598 GHz (14 x 257 MHz)1,799 MHz Hyper-Threading Link, 2,570 MHz Northbridge|
|CPU Cooler||Xigmatek HDT-SD964||Unchanged|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3HAMD 790GX, BIOS F3 (09/16/2009)||Unchanged|
|RAM||4GB G.Skill PC3-12800 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL2 x 2,048MB, DDR3-1600, CL 9-9-9-24 at 1.6V||DDR3-1396, CL 7-8-7-15 at 1.65VDDR3-1369, CL 7-8-7-15 at 1.65V|
|Graphics||2 x Sapphire 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB650 MHz GPU, 2,000 MHz Memory Data Rate||700MHz GPU, 2,360 MHz Memory-Data Rate|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Black WD6401AALS640GB, 7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache||Unchanged|
|Sound||Integrated 7.1-Channel HD Audio||Unchanged|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Networking||Unchanged|
|Power||Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W||Unchanged|
|Optical||LG Black 22X DVD Burner SATA Model GH22NS50||Unchanged|
|Software and Drivers|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64||Unchanged|
|Graphics Driver||AMD Catalyst 10.2||Unchanged|
|Platform Driver||AMD UD3 7-Series Utility 2.2||Unchanged|
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|Crysis||Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark toolTest Set 1: High Quality, No AATest Set 2: Very High Quality, No AA|
|Dirt 2||in-game benchmark, DirectX 9Test Set 1: High Quality, No AATest Set 2: Ultra Quality, 8x AA|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AATest Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA|
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat||S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat Benchmark versionTest Set 1: High Preset, DirectX 10.1 EFDL, No AATest Set 2: Ultra Preset, DirectX 10.1 EFDL, 4x MSAA|
|iTunes||Version:184.108.40.206 x64Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 minDefault format AAC|
|Handbrake 0.9.4||Version 0.9.4Convert first .vob file from "The Last Samurai" (1.0GB) to .mp4, High-Profile|
|TMPEGEnc 4.0 Xpress||Version: 220.127.116.112Import File: "Terminator 2" SE DVD (5 Minutes)Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9|
|DivX 6.9.1||Encoding mode: Insane QualityEnhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4Quarter-pixel search|
|XviD 1.2.2||Display encoding status = off|
|MainConcept Reference 1.6.1||MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)|
|Autodesk 3ds Max 2010||Version: 11.0 x64, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)|
|Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 9.0||Version: 9.0.663, Virus base: 270.14.1/2407, Benchmark: Scan 334MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files|
|WinRAR 3.90||Version x64 3.90, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334MB)|
|7-Zip||Version 4.65: Format=Zip, Compression=Ultra, Method=Deflate, Dictionary Size=32KB, Word Size=128, Threads=8, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334MB)|
|Adobe Photoshop CS4||Version 11.0 Extended (64-bit)Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|3DMark Vantage||Version: 1.0.2, GPU and CPU scores|
|PCMark Vantage||Version: 18.104.22.168 x64, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks|
|SiSoftware Sandra 2010||Version 2010.1.16.11, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark|
unlocking the forth core and still overclocking to 3.6Ghz is just great! I'm getting jealous because my 4th core is broken.
I'm looking forward to the value comparison.
4 cores, 3.2Ghz, 13,000 3dmark points.
Great bang-for-buck system.
Would it be possible to make a 3-way comparison of systems at the same price (for example, $1000)? One could be an AMD-based system, another an Intel-based, and a third maybe a graphics-heavy monster, or a MicroATX system (to see how much performance you sacrifice to stay in $1000 and fit a small form factor).
This processor is a beast for the price...Really Impressed
Except for the CPU cooler, you usually sacrifice nothing to go Micro ATX. Tom's Hardware even did a micro-ATX SBM...where the Core i7 system sucked because it had to use the stock cooler. You can find semi-small micro-ATX cases that fit mid-sized coolers.
Antec also makes a MICRO ATX MID TOWER which REALLY sux since it misses the point of Micro ATX completely, so I don't want to hear about that one.
And of course there's Micro ATX mini-towers with the same layout as full-ATX. You get all the performance of ATX and the big cooler, with a case that's around 14-15" tall.
My argument was not that they should do a $500-$1000-$2000 comparison of uATX builds - they did this. I was suggesting doing a $1000intel - $1000amd - $1000uATX comparison.