Digital Storm ODE Level 4 System Review

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SiSoft Sandra & Cinebench

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks).
 
Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA
Synthetic Benchmarks

   

Digital Storm didn't quite post record-setting performance figures in SiSoft Sandra's processor tests, but it wasn't far from it. Our system shipped with a factory overclock to 4.4GHz, giving the Core i7 3930K additional processing oomph. We should also point out that we never ran into any stability issues or quirky behavior, which is a testament to Digital Storm's 72-hour burn-in period to root out any faulty components or unstable overclocks.

   

Bandwidth is about where we would expect for 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory, which is very good. So is the disk score. Corsair's Force Series GT SSD is a screamer, as evidenced by our Sandra benchmark run and subjective analysis of overall performance and system snappiness.

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Content Creation Performance

Maxon's Cinebench R11.5 benchmark is based on Maxon's Cinema 4D software used for 3D content creation chores and tests both the CPU and GPU in separate benchmark runs. On the CPU side, Cinebench renders a photorealistic 3D scene by tapping into up to 64 processing threads (CPU) to process more than 300,000 total polygons, while the GPU benchmark measures graphics performance by manipulating nearly 1 million polygons and huge amounts of textures.

Digital Storm's ODE Level 4 is only the second system we've played with to turn the tables on the notoriously brutal Cinebench benchmark. The dual high-performance Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards wield an awful lot of pixel processing power, and though the color accuracy isn't as tight as professional/workstation-grade graphics cards, you could certainly get away with doing design work and other intensive chores typically reserved for workstations.


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