Synthetic Benchmarks and Gaming
We decided to opt for PCMark7 since it literally came out a few days after we began writing this review. From here on out, all of our system reviews will utilize PCMark7 since the last version was PCMark05 and that is a fairly dated benchmark. Since PCMark7 is so new, you will find it hard to quantify this against other systems and system reviews. We consider this a beginning of the comparisons and it will be helpful to use to compare against our other system reviews in the future as well.
We ran PCMark7 on an Alienware M14X with a Core i7 2630M and Nvidia GeForce GT555 and that system got around 3000, approximately half of this system. We mostly attribute that to the fact that this system is running both SLI and the CPU at 4.8GHz. We then checked our score against the current HWBot records and saw that this system would have placed 18th in the world for PC Mark 7 on HWBot. That is no small achievement and we believe with a few tweaks here and there it could easily make its way to the top 10.
3DMark Vantage – All 4 Tests
For Vantage, we ran the system with PhysX disabled and at ‘stock’ settings. Meaning we didn’t tweak any settings beyond how the system shipped to us. Here are our results.
As you can see, in all three tests the Maingear Shift scored quite well, but lacked some GPU umph since the GPUs were stock clocked and as a result got similar scores to most other Core i7 2600K + SLI GeForce 560Ti systems. These scores aren’t bad at all, but they are also still synthetic and as a result don’t necessarily fully represent the gaming capability of the system but rather the graphical capability. We also checked HWBot to confirm our performance score was about right and it seemed to be quite accurate.
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