Testing Procedures & General Testing
When you first turn the system on you are brought right into Windows 7. One thing I really liked about this system is that it did not come with any extra software. I hate having to uninstall unneeded software that manufactures install on systems. If we open up CPU-Z we can see what’s all under the hood.
When you open up the Windows Experience Index you can see the system scores pretty high in all of the categories except for the hard drive category.
Before we get into system testing let’s go over all of the programs that we will be using for testing and our testing procedures.
HDTune Pro (download)
SiSoftware Sandra (download)
– Processor Arithmetic Benchmark
– Processor Multi-Media Benchmark
– Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
– Memory Latency Benchmark
PCMark Vantage (download)
3DMark Vantage (download)
Heaven Demo Benchmark 2.1 (download)
DiRT 2 – Built-in benchmark ( Buy)
FarCry 2 – Built in benchmark ( Buy)
Crysis Warhead ( Buy) – Framebuffer benchmark tool (download)
This is one of the first custom system’s that we have reviewed that is air-cooled. Doing the air cooling is the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro. We did a simple test with Prime 95 on the system to get load and idle temperatures. Also we recorded the system temperature to see how well the cooling was inside the Cooler Master Storm Scout case.
Before we get into system testing let’s check out how fast the hard drive is. It is a Hitachi 1TB 7200RPM drive.
As you can see pretty good speeds here, although it does not compare to speeds of some SSD’s.