In Cinebench, the Maingear Shift system performed the best we’ve seen out of any system or CPU to date. This even outperformed a 12-Core Magny-Cours processor which scored a 7.95. Our Core i7 975 rig only scored a measly 6.04 compared to the 4.8GHz 9.37 score that the Core i7 2600K obtained. Needless to say, we were very impressed by this score and it proves that this CPU clocked at this speed is nearly untouchable.
For AIDA, we ran a series of CPU benchmarks to show the performance differences between the stock and overclocked CPU and to indicate the value of getting this system overclocked over stock speeds.
In the Queen test, the Overclocked 2600K beats both the 6-Core 990X and the 8-Core Xeon X5550 even though they beat the stock 2600 by a fair margin.
In the PhotoWorx test, the Overclocked Shift once again beats everything else, even if by a small margin. It beats out the 8-Core Xeon again, even though the Xeon beat the stock 2600 by a good 12%.
In the ZLib test, the Maingear system beats every single competitor out again. This time the Maingear beat out the Magny-Cours 12-Core CPU even though it beats the stock 2600K, 8-Core Xeon, and Core i7 990X. This shows that when overclocked and cooled properly, a $300 chip can outperform nearly anything thanks to impeccable design. Another thing to notice is that the Maingear overclocked CPU got a score of 374.5 MB/s compared to the stock 2600
In the AES test, the Maingear Shift system takes the cake once gain above all competitors and simply continues to obliterate everything in sight if even only by a small margin.
In the Hash test, though, the Overclocked Maingear Shift CPU cannot make up for its design differences and lack of cores and ends up placing in 6th behind the 8-Core Xeon, 6-Core 990X and 12-Core Magny-Cours. Clearly, Hashing is not the Core i7 2600K’s strong suit and almost appears to be a direct correlation to how many cores are used in the processor.
FPU VP8 test showing the Maingear Shift's dominance.
FPU Juloa showing yet another test where the Maingear Shift dominates.
FPU Mandel showing once again that an overclocked Sandybridge beats all.
FPU SinJulia showing that the Core i7 2600K doesn't always win mainly due to 6-Core and 8-Core intel chips having more memory bandwidth and raw processing power but not by much.
We also threw in some Floating Point Tests as well just to be fair since it is important to see Floating Point performance as well.
As you can see again, in all but one of the tests the Maingear System takes #1 and does so by a significant margin.
The simple fact is that the Core i7 2600K overclocked to 4.8GHz is a sweet spot beyond imagination and allows for nearly silent gaming while outperforming every single CPU in nearly every single CPU test. We also ran a stress test on the system to verify that the clockspeeds were indeed stable ones for gaming, rendering, etc.
We concluded that the system was indeed quite stable as you can see from the charts. You can see our full system stress test graphs to confirm the temperatures and fan speeds as well. We ran this test for nearly 7 hours, which we considered to be a ‘longer’ gaming session. If you can see from the tests, we were stressing the memory, hdds, and CPU. You can also see the voltages and how stable they remained during full load. Maingear obviously did quite a bit of quality testing on this system and it shows.
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