Systemax Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC

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BIOS Details of the Systemax Wildcat
Full Retail BIOS with all the Trimmings

When it comes to testing pre-configured PCs, we focus on the Out-of-Box experience.  That was we can accurately explain what an end-user is going to experience when they unpack the system, plug it in and start gaming, working or doing whatever they want.  Another item we assess is the system's added features, such as BIOS options, performance settings and overclocking options. 

  

Under that Advanced menu we found the Jumper Free Configuration section, which was home to many of the performance-related options of the Wildcat's BIOS.  Here we could set ASUS' AI overclocking to dynamically adjust clock speeds, or follow a set of profiles that ranged from 1, 3, 5, 8, or 10% increases, or each item could be altered manually.  CPU frequency was adjustable from 200-500MHz in 1MHz increments while PCIe Frequency ranged from 100MHz to 200MHz in 1MHz increments as well. 

  

Voltage options were more restrictive, with a simple Enable/Disable option.  Enabling CPU Over-Voltage added and offset of 200mV to VCORE while NB VCORE was upped to 1.3v and SB VCORE to 1.6v.  The Over-Voltage option for the HyperTransport raised from 1.2v or 1.3v while DDR voltage offered a full range of settings from 2.6v though 3.2v in .05 increments.  Enabling FID/VID Change unveiled Processor Frequency Multiplier settings of 6x-25x in .5x steps.  CPU voltage settings were broad and precise ranging from 1v - 1.5625v in .0125v increments. 

  

The CPU Configuration screen offered a view of the CPU's current configuration including Speed, L1 and L2 cache complements, Multiplier and core revision.  Additionally, a Memory Settings sub menu offered advanced memory options for performance tweaking.  The memory speed could be configured automatically or manually set from 100MHz - 250MHz in 33MHz increments.  Timing options were also available with CAS Latency ranging from 2, 3, 1.5 and 2.5 as well as a whole host of advance features too numerous to list.  Rounding out the BIOS features is a Hardware Monitor that reported CPU and Motherboard temperatures, CPU fan speeds and operating voltages. 

Test Systems Specifications
Parade of Power

To give a complete picture of how the Systemax Wildcat performed, we compared our benchmark results to a host of other systems in its performance class.  Performance data was compiled from several recent reviews in an effort to paint a clear performance picture.  Every effort was made to configure each system as closely as possible, however, variation in driver versions and other hardware differences should be considered when making comparison.  With commercially available systems such as the Systemax Wildcat and Voodoo Omen, testing was performed with systems as they came configured from the manufacturer.

SYSTEM 1:
Systemax Wildcat

AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 (2.6GHz)

Asus AN832-SLI
(NVIDIA nForce 4 SLIX16)

2x1GB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-3-2-6

2X GeForce 7900 GTX - SLI
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

2X WD 150GB "Raptor"
RAID 0
10,000 RPM SATA
Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v84.21
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 2:
Voodoo OMEN


AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 overclocked
 (2.95GHz)

Asus AN8R32-MVP
(ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200)

2x1GB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-3-2-6

2X Radeon X1900 XT - CrossFire
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

2X Hitachi 400Gig HD - RAID 0
7
,200 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
ATI Catalyst 6.4 Drivers
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 3:
HH Test Build

AMD Athlon 64 FX-60
(2.6GHz)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (2.4GHz) *(Non-gaming tests only)

Asus AN832-SLI
(NVIDIA nForce 4 SLIX16)

2x1GB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-3-2-6

2X GeForce 7900 GTX - SLI
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v84.26
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 4:
HH Test Build

AMD Athlon 64 FX-60


Asus AN8R32-MVP
(ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200)

2x1GB Corsair PC3200
CL 2-3-2-6

2X Radeon X1900 XT - CrossFire
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
ATI Catalyst 6.4 Drivers
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 5:
HH Test Build

Pentium Extreme Edition 965
(3.73GHz)
*(Non-gaming tests only)

Asus P5WDG2-WS Motherboard

(i975x Chipset)

2x512MB Corsair DDR2-667
CL 3-2-2-8

GeForce 7800 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v84.26
DirectX 9.0c
SYSTEM 6:
HH Test Build

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
(2.66GHz)

Intel D975XBX Motherboard

(975X Express) *(Non-gaming tests only)

Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe SE Motherboard
(NVIDIA nForce 4 SLIX16)

2x512MB Corsair PC-8500

CL 4-4-4-4

GeForce 7900 GTX
On-board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows XP Pro SP2
NVIDIA Forceware v91.27
DirectX 9.0c


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