System SetupI used two systems for the benchmarks, one Intel based and the other AMD based. The Intel system was comprised of the Core 2 Duo E8500 running on an X38 motherboard. The motherboard is a bit higher end than the AMD 790GX board we ran against it, but overall the features were quite similar. Both are CrossFire capable, and have the same kind of connectivity options in terms of SATA, Firewire, Gig-E Ethernet, etc.
All other components that were used are identical. The systems were reformatted with Windows Vista 64 Ultimate and all updates applied. DirectX 10 was also updated to the latest version. Catalyst 9.1 drivers were used for the video portion.
G-Skill Pi Series DDR-2 1066 @ 220.127.116.11 timings
Radeon HD 4870 512 MB Video Card
Seagate 1 TB 7200.11 Hard Drive
Lite-On DVD-R/RW SATA Drive
Corsair TX 750 Power Supply
Asus M3A78-T Deluxe Motherboard
Asus Maximus Formula X38 Motherboard
SiSoft Sandra 2009
The latest version of SiSoft Sandra is coded to leverage all those extra cores that most modern processors posses. It utilizes processor “extras” such as SSE4 to give the best results possible considering how modern software applications address these latest processors.
3D Mark Vantage
3D Mark Vantage is much better than previous versions of differentiating GPU performance vs. CPU performance.
PC Mark Vantage
This benchmark tests a whole host of applications that would be considered “common usage” by a good portion of users. The whole thing takes about 1.5 hours to run, but it is pretty thorough in what it does.
This classic rendering benchmark is able to show OpenGL performance as well as single and multi-threaded results in a pure CPU rendering situation.