AVADirect Compact Gaming PC: Small Case, Big Systemby Dustin Sklavos on October 4, 2011 2:00 AM EST
Application and Futuremark Performance
Where the CPU is concerned, the AVADirect unit should be fairly predictable: any task that can leverage the extra two cores of the i7-990X is going to see a measurable lead, while tasks that lean on heavy IPC will give the i7-2600K-based systems the advantage. When we get into the graphics subsystem is where we'll begin to see some separation, and where our more interesting results will surface.
Systems pretty much fall in line where you'd expect them to, just as predicted. The CyberPower unit enjoys a slight lead due to a slightly higher overclock on the CPU than AVADirect's, but we're in the realm of 4.4GHz and 4.5GHz overclocks, where performance can begin to depend largely on just luck of the draw with the processor.
Things also start to spread out when we get to quad-GPU scaling. 3DMark06 is clearly CPU-limited (if you think a GeForce GTX 570 is faster than four Cayman cores, I have a bridge to sell you), but NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590s seem to be handling quad scaling better than AMD's Radeons are. But hey, this is 3DMark, so let's look at actual gaming results, shall we?
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TinyRK - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - linkThat's right, because I am an ACTUAL engineer. With a degree in Electronics. English is not my mother-tongue, so my apologies, that I did not know what you consider an Engineer.
I didn't want to piss on you leg as a Sanitation Engineer. Somebody has to clean up the trash, and I appreciate that you're doing that.
Keep up the good work!
Death666Angel - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - linkI honestly don't understand these systems.
Maybe .001% can make use of such a system in a reasonable manner (GPU-computing, while taking advantage of the 6 cores). For most other people, even SLI/CF configurations are too much for gaming and of course, SNB would have been better as well for gaming.
This particular unit should have gone with water cooling in my opinion. Anything else is just..... As it stands now, this build is insane and nothing that the average person can't build themselves (at least I don't see specially made components). But I like to get something substantial for the money I spend, so I doubt I'm the audience for this unit. :P
ph0masta - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - linkIf they're sending Anand a copy to review, why not send him the best build possible? I'm sure they expect the average customer to go with a more modest build.
Thermalzeal - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - linkit's pink? (Perhaps the colors are off on my disp) I guess this is the one computer that won't get stolen at a LAN party...
s1175290 - Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - linkMaybe I missed it in the article, but what power supply did this ship with? Looks to be 100% modular.
benrico - Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - linkThere was a Lian Li m-atx case review up a week or so ago that was cast it in a negative light- cant remember why. one reason was non standard optical bay or something .. Any thoughts on the comparison of the two. Also, any thoughts on look/feel of the case...
KamikaZeeFu - Thursday, October 6, 2011 - linkThe spec table says that the front USB3 ports are wired to USB2 headers. I would like to know how this was done, as my online searches didn't bring up anything useful.
I'm in the market for a new case atm, but my board only has USB2 (won't upgrade until Ivy) and all the cases that I like only have front USB3 ports.