Smooth Creations LANShark Extreme Gaming Rig

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Test Setup & SiSoft SANDRA

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We tested the LANShark Extreme gaming system exactly as it came configured from Smooth Creations. We installed our benchmarking software and made no other unnecessary changes before beginning our testing.

HotHardware's Reference Systems
Gaming and Non-Gaming

Smooth Creations LANShark Extreme:
Core 2 Extreme QX9650
(3GHz @ 3.33GHz - Quad-Core)

Intel P45 Express

8GB Kingston HyperX DDR2 800MHz

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2048MB

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

1x300GB Western Digital Velociraptor
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

Dell XPS 730 H2C:
Core 2 Extreme QX9770
(3.2GHz @ 3.8GHz - Quad-Core)

Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI

2GB Corsair DDR3-1333
(Overclocked to 1600MHz)

2x ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

2x160GB Western Digital HDD
10,000 RPM SATA

1x1000GB Hitachi HDD
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home Premium

Velocity Micro Edge Z55:
Intel Core i7 920
(2.66GHz @ 2.93GHz - Quad-Core)

Intel DX58SO, X58 Chipset

6GB Corsair DDR3-1333
(tri-channel 3x2048)

2 x ATI Radeon HD 4850

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

750GB Hitachi HDD
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Intel System (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
(X58 Express Chipset)

3x1GB Qimonda DDR3-1066
CL 7-7-7-20 - DDR3-1066

GeForce GTX 280

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD150 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate

Intel Gaming System (gaming tests):
Core 2 Extreme QX6850
(3.0GHz - Quad-Core)

Asus Striker II Extreme
(nForce 790i SLI Ultra Chipset)

Asus P5E3 Premium
(X48 Express Chipset)

2048MB Corsair DDR3-1333 C7

GeForce GTX 280 SLI
GeForce GTX 280
Radeon HD 4870 Crossfire
Radeon HD 4870

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD740 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate

Synthetic Benchmarks

We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA XII SP2, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA XII SP2 suite on the test systems (CPU Arithmetic, CPU Multi-Media, and Memory).

Smooth Creations LANShark Sandra CPU Arithmetic results

Smooth Creations LANShark Sandra CPU MultiMedia results

The LANShark Extreme fares pretty well in the SANDRA CPU tests. In the Processor Arithmetic test, the LANShark Extreme performs in line with expectations and is bested significantly only by the Core i7-based Velocity Micro Z55. In the Processor Multi-Media test, though, the LANShark Extreme is right at the top of the pile.

Smooth Creations LANShark Sandra Memory Bandwidth results

While the LANShark Extreme posted numbers that met or exceeded expectations in the CPU tests, it disappointed us in the Memory Bandwidth test. It's not surprising that the Core i7 system destroys the rest of the competition, but it is surprising that the LANShark Extreme is the second lowest performer of the bunch.

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