Maingear Ephex 3-Way SLI Performance Gaming System

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PCMark Vantage Continued


We continue our test coverage with a few more modules from the comprehensive PCMark Vantage suite of benchmarks.  

 Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Synthetic Benchmarks

Vantage Music suite includes the following tests:

Music 1 - Three simultaneous threads, Web page rendering – w/ music shop content, Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless, HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
Music 2 - Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
Music 3 - Audio transcoding: MP3 -> WMA
Music 4 - Two simultaneous threads, Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA, HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player


Here the Maingear Ephex pulls way out in front of all competitors, with a sizable 14% advantage over even the Core 2 Extreme QX9650.  This test is heavily affected by raw clock speed, though parts of are in fact multithreaded as well.
 


Vantage Communications suite includes the following tests:

Communications 1 - Three simultaneous threads, Data encryption: CNG AES CBC, Data compression, Web page rendering: graphics content, 1024x768, windowed
Communications 2 - Three simultaneous threads. Web page rendering: open various news pages from IE 7 Favorites in separate tabs, close them one by one, Data decryption: CNG AES CBC, HDD: Windows Defender
Communications 3 - Windows Mail: Search
Communications 4  - Two simultaneous threads, Data encryption: CNG AES CBC, Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA - to simulate VOIP


The results from Vantage's Communications test mirror those of the music test above, and for the mostly the same reasons, though this time our Ephex system posted a 22% lead over the fastest reference system we tested.



Vantage Productivity suite includes the following tests:

Productivity 1 - Two simultaneous threads, Text editing, HDD: application loading
Productivity 2 - Two simultaneous threads, Windows Contacts: search, HDD: Windows Defender
Productivity 3 - HDD: Windows Vista start-up
Productivity 4 - Three simultaneous threads, Windows Contacts: search, Windows Mail: Run Message Rules, Web page rendering: simultaneously open various pages from IE7 Favorites in separate tabs, close them one by one



In the Vantage Productivity test, the Ephex's overall high-end configuration, including not only its overclocked 3.8GHz processor but its pair of WD Raptor drives in RAID 0, allow it to chalk up a commanding 26% performance lead over our fastest reference system.
 


The Vantage HDD suite includes the following tests:

HDD 1 - HDD: Windows Defender
HDD 2 - HDD: game HDD
HDD 3 - HDD: importing pictures
HDD 4 - HDD: Windows Vista start-up
HDD 5 - HDD: video editing
HDD 6 - HDD: Media Center
HDD 7 - HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player



In the HDD test obviously the Maingear Ephex has an unfair advantage with its WD Raptor RAID 0 configuration, though of course these reference numbers are here just to give you a sense of relative performance versus more mainstream system configurations.


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