Monday, November 02, 2009

New System results

I got my system all done. Here are my final specs and thoughts.

Processor: Intel Core i7-920
Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme
RAM: Geil 12GB DDR3 triple channel CAS 7
Hard Drive: OCZ Summit 120GB Solid State Drive
Secondary HDD: WD 75GB Raptor
Video Cards: (2) MSI 260GTX running in SLI
Power Supply: Corsair 750W
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64bit

The build went pretty flawlessly. Installing Windows 7 was painless as well. The performance boost is ridiculous. When booting Windows from a full off state the loading bar doesn't even show up. From a cold boot to a usable desktop in about 15 seconds.  This motherboard features Instant Boot. Which is ASRock doing some weird boot caching voodoo, that when Instant Boot is turned on, the desktop is up and usable in 2-3 secs. Though it is impressive to see, whatever is happening is kinda just fancy trickery. The system will take twice as long to shutdown and during shutdown does a reboot which is where, I believe, the boot process is getting cached.

Two years after Crysis was released I finally have a system that will play it :-) with very high detail and 2x anti aliasing turned on. Have had some problems with Win7 not waking up from sleep mode correctly, like mouse/keyboard not functioning and twice my displays wouldn't wake-up, so I just turned off sleep mode. In the end this build went extremely well.

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