HP Blackbird 002 High Performance Gaming System
Test Systems and SANDRA
How the test system was configured: We tested the Blackbird 002 exactly as it came configured from HP. The system was shipped with its Core 2 Extreme QX6850 CPU pre-overclocked to 3.67GHz and Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit edition) installed. NVIDIA's official Forceware 162.22 drivers came installed on the system along with the latest DX update, but the operating system itself was not fully patched. The only modification made to the Blackbird 002 was the installation of our benchmark software and games.
HP Blackbird 002
Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Overclocked
Asus Striker Extreme
4GB Corsair DDR2-8500
GeForce 8800 Ultra SLI
We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA XI, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA XI suite with the HP Blackbird 002 ( CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, and Memory Bandwidth) . All of the scores reported below were taken with the system running as configured by HP with a CPU clock speed of 3.67GHz.
For reference, we've included benchmark scores from our recent Core 2 Extreme QX6850 launch coverage. Please note, our test machines ran Windows XP Professional while the Blackbird 002 used Windows Vista.
In these low-level sub-system benchmarks, the Blackbird 002 obviously trounced the "stock" systems, thanks to its significant CPU clock speed advantage. In all of the tests, the Blackbird 002 is roughly 8% to 15% faster than the reference systems.