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System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $350 Bonus Entry-Level PC

Test System Configuration And Benchmarks

Test System Configuration

What follows is a comparison of this quarter's stock and overclocked builds next to last quarter's vital specifications. We also have all of the benchmark settings listed for our information.

Current $350 PC System Test Configuration
ComponentBase SettingsOverclock Setting
CPUAMD A10-5800K (Trinity), 3.8 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo), Socket FM2, 4 MB L2, Turbo Core Enabled, Power Savings Enabled#1 (OC Genie II): 3.99 GHz Base / 4.41 GHz Turbo Core (38-42 * 105) #2 - #4 Unchanged
CPU CoolerAMD Retail Boxed Heatsink & FanUnchanged
MotherboardMSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD A75, BIOS: v.2.0 (04-25-13)#1: 105 MHz Reference Clock #2 - #4: Unchanged
RAM8 GB  Team Vulcan, 2 x 4 GB, DDR3-1600, CL 9-9-9-24 XMP @ 1.5 V#1: DDR3-1680, CL 9-9-9-24 #2 & #3: DDR3-1866, CL 9-10-10-29 #4: DDR3-2133, CL 11-13-13-37
GraphicsAMD HD 7660D Integrated 800 MHz GPU, 800 MHz Memory#1: 840 MHz GPU, 840 MHz Memory #2: Unchanged #3: 950 MHz GPU, 933 MHz Memory #4: 950 MHz GPU, 1066 MHz Memory
Hard DriveWD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB CacheUnchanged
SoundIntegrated Eight-Channel HD AudioUnchanged
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit NetworkingUnchanged
PowerAntec VP-450 450 W ATX12V v2.3Unchanged
Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 8 Professional (64-bit)Unchanged
Graphics DriverAMD Catalyst 13.4Unchanged
Q2 2013 $400 Mini-ITX PC System Test Configuration
ComponentBase SettingsOverclock Setting
CPUIntel Pentium G860 (Sandy Bridge), 3.0GHz, LGA 1155, 3 MB Shared L3, Power Savings EnabledUnchanged
CPU CoolerIntel Boxed Heat Sink & FanUnchanged
MotherboardFoxconn H61S Intel H61, BIOS C31F1P02 (07/18/12)Unchanged
RAM4 GB  Crucial Kit, 2 x 2 GB, DDR3-1333, CL 9-9-9-24 1T @ 1.5 VDDR3-1333, CL 7-7-7-24 1T @ 1.5 V
GraphicsSapphire 100357LP, Radeon HD 7750 1 GB GDDR5 800 MHz GPU, 1125 MHz (4500 MT/s) Memory925 MHz GPU 1225 MHz (4900 MT/s) GDDR5 Memory
Hard DriveSamsung Spinpoint M8 ST320LM001 320 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/sUnchanged
SoundIntegrated Six-Channel HD AudioUnchanged
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit NetworkingUnchanged
PowerAntec FP-150-8 Flex Power supplyUnchanged
Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 8 Professional x64Unchanged
Graphics DriverAMD Catalyst 13.4Unchanged
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Battlefield 3Version, DirectX 11, 90-sec. Fraps "Going Hunting" Test Set 1: Medium Quality Preset, No AA, 4X AF, SSAO Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset,  4X MSAA, 16X AF, HBAO
Elders Scroll V: SkyrimVersion, 25-Sec. Fraps Test Set 1: High Preset, No AA, 8x AF, FXAA Enabled Test Set 2: Ultra Preset, 8x AA, 16x AF, FXAA Enabled
Far Cry 3V. 1.05, DirectX 11, 50-sec. Fraps "Amanaki Outpost" Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA, Standard ATC., SSAO Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 4x MSAA, Enhanced ATC, HDAO
F1 2012Version 1.2, Direct X 11, Built-in Benchmark Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 8x AA
Audio/Video Encoding
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.98, Video: Video from Canon Eos 7D (1920x1080, 25 frames) 1 Minutes 22 Seconds, Audio: PCM-S16, 48,000 Hz, Two-Channel, to Video: AVC1 Audio: AAC (High Profile)
iTunesVersion x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format
LAME MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
TotalCode Studio 2.5Version:, MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, Two-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s) Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Abobe Creative Suite
Adobe After Effects CS6Version x64: Create Video, 3 Streams, 210 Frames, Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously
Adobe Photoshop CS6Version 13 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Adobe Premiere Pro CS6Version, 6.61 GB MXF Project to H.264 to H.264 Blu-ray, Output 1920x1080, Maximum Quality
Adobe Acrobat X ProVersion Print PDF from 115 Page PowerPoint, 128-bit RC4 Encyption
ABBYY FineReaderVersion Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Autodesk 3ds Max 2012Version 14.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
BlenderVersion 2.64a, Cycles Engine, Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, 1920x1080, 8x Anti-Aliasing, Render THG.blend frame 1
Visual StudioVersion 10.0, Compile Google Chrome, Scripted
7-ZipVersion 9.28, LZMA2, Syntax "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5" Benchmark: THG-Workload-2012 (1.3 GB)
WinRARVersion 4.2, RAR, Syntax "winrar a -r -m3" Benchmark: THG-Workload-2012 (1.3 GB)
WinZipVersion 17.0 Pro, Syntax "-a -ez -p -r" Benchmark: THG-Workload-2012 (1.3 GB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 11Version: 1.0.1, Performance Suite
PCMark 7Version: 1.0.4, System, Productivity, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks
SiSoftware Sandra 2013Version: 2013.01.19.11, Processor  Arithmetic, Cryptography, Memory Bandwidth Benchmarks