iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970 System

Test Setup & SiSoft SANDRA

We tested the Gamer Paladin F970 system exactly as it came configured from the iBuyPower factory.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Covering the bases

System 1:
iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970
Intel Core i7 965 (3.2GHz)
Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Intel X58 Chipset Motherboard
12GB Corsair DDR3-1333 (2GB x 6)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295
128GB 2.5-inch SATA MLC SSD
1TB Serial-ATA-II 7200rpm
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

System 4:

Dell XPS 730x H2C
Intel Core i7 Extreme i7-965 (3.2GHz @ 3.73GHz)
Intel X58 Express
6GB tri-channel DDR3 at 1066MHz (3 x 2GB DIMM)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1024MB
2x300GB Western Digital Velociraptor 10,000RPM SATA
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

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 5:

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 3:
Smooth Creations LANShark Extreme
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (3GHz @ 3.33GHz - Quad-Core)
Intel P45 Express
8GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 800MHz
Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2048MB
300GB Western Digital Velociraptor 10,000 RPM SATA
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

System 6:

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

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
Synthetic Benchmarks

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

The Gamer Paladin F970’s Processor Arithmetic scores in SiSoft SANDRA are in-line with what we would have expected. The Processor Arithmetic test measures pure CPU power, so it makes sense that the Core-i7 965 Extreme should beat the competition here.

SANDRA’s Processor Multi-Media test is influenced by processor speed and the amount of CPU cache. With the Core i7 965 Extreme's combination of high frequency and L2 and L3 cache, the Gamer Paladin F970 enjoys the top spot in the Processor Multi-Media test.

The Gamer Paladin F970 came in a bit behind the Velocity Micro Edge Z55 in the Memory Bandwidth test. Despite the fact that both systems were equipped with Corsair DDR3-1333 RAM.

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