Digital Storm Custom Core i7 Gaming System

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Test Setup & SiSoft SANDRA

We tested the Digital Storm 950Si Core i7 Gaming system exactly as it came configured from the Digital Storm factory.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Performance Comparisons

System 1:

Digital Storm Custom 950Si
Intel Core i7 920
(OC to 3.97GHz)
EVGA X58 3X SLI Motherboard
6GB Corsair DDR3-1333
(3 x 2048)
GeForce GTX 285 Graphics
1.5TB Seagate 7200.11 HD
Windows Vista Home Premium x64

System 2:

Velocity Micro Edge Z55
Intel Core i7 920
(OC to 2.93GHz)
Intel "Smackover" DX58SO
6GB Corsair DDR3-1333
(3 x 2048)
2 x 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850 CF
750GB Hitachi 7200rpm HD 
Windows Vista Home Premium x64 

System 3:

Dell XPS 730 H2C
Core 2 Extreme QX9770
(OC to 3.8GHz)
Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI
2GB Corsair DDR3-1600
2 x 1024MB ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
2 x 160GB 10K RPM Western Digital HD
1 x 1000GB Hitachi 7200 RPM HD
Windows Vista Home Premium

System 4:
Intel Gaming System (gaming tests)
Core 2 Extreme QX6850
(3.0GHz - Quad-Core)
Asus Striker II Extreme
(Nvidia nForce 790i SLI Ultra)
2048MB Corsair DDR3-1333
GeForce GTX 280
WD740 "Raptor" 10K RPM HD
Windows Vista Ultimate

System 5:
Intel Systems (non-gaming tests)

:Core i7 Extreme 965
(3.2GHz - Quad-Core)
Core i7 940
(2.93GHz - Quad-Core)
Core i7 920
(2.66GHz - Dual-Core)
Intel DX58SO 
3 x 1GB Qimonda DDR3-1066
GeForce GTX 280
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio
WD150 "Raptor" 10k RPM HD
Windows Vista Ultimate

As overclocked and delivered, by Digital Storm

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
Synthetic Benchmarks

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2009, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA 2009 suite: Processor Arithmetic, Processor Multi-Media, and Memory Bandwidth.

SANDRA CPU and Multimedia Tests

SANDRA Memory Bandwidth and Hard Drive Tests

As you'll note, versus the reference system and component metrics that SANDRA offers in its database, top-shelf components with a healthy dose of overclocking in the mix, equates to excellent overall system performance.  Our CPU and Memory tests here show the Digital Storm system blowing by the fastest Core i7 and memory scores in the SANDRA database.  In addition, the Seagate 1.5TB hard drive fares rather well too.

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