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Performance Computing - Q1 2005 (AMD64 and SLI Overclocked) - The Other Parts

It has been 14 months since our last Performance PC article was published where we collected the best performing computer parts around and built up one of the quickest and most expensive systems of its time. Today we bring you our much anticipated follow-up taking a look at exactly what almost $5,000 USD worth of hardware gets you. Based around an AMD Athlon 64 system with SLI, we have oodles and oodles of performance to play with. Read on as we bring you our recommended Performance Computing system for Q1 2005.

By: | Editorials in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Feb 4, 2005 5:00 am

The Other Parts


- The Memory


When it came to memory, we didn't really have a hard decision to make - it had to be two 512MB stick and it had to be Low Latency. What better then some OCZ Platinum Rev 2 DDR-400 2-2-2-5 modules? Last time we used Mushkin and while it is very good memory, the latest line of Athlon 64 processors absolute love low latency memory and OCZ have made an excellent name for themselves when it comes to high speed memory.



With a nice silver copper heatsink these modules are cooled extremely well and it's nice to see that OCZ haven't gone overboard by adding LEDs or something else that doesn't make a difference. OCZ simply have fast memory with tight timings and that's exactly what is required when producing a performance computer.


We will have a look at the results we get when we start doing some synthetic testing and you will see just why we choose DDR400 2-2-2-5 instead of memory that was capable of DDR500+ with loose timings.


- The Hard Drive


When it came to hard drive decision no thinking had to be done as we have simply used the hard drive that we have been using in our test beds for a while now. The Western Digital Raptor SATA drive weighs in at 74GB and spins at 10,000RPM - do we really need to say anymore?



From there you can choose to add a few 250GB or 300GB hard drives to give you all the storage you need for those games, but there is no denying that the Raptor drives absolutely fly along and you're just not doing your performance computer justice unless you install your operating system and games onto it so when loading games you can get the most use of the drive.


-The Power Supply


The power supply we have chosen is a 500 Watt Zippy server power supply; it comes with the 24 pin connector and an absolute bucket load of leads. SLI is extremely stressful on your power supply and you really want to start looking at the high quality 450 and above watt power supplies if you're going for a high-end SLI setup.



When we say 450 watt and above though we don't mean that 600 watt power supply that came in your $20 case. We highly recommend you go for a brand name (such as Antec, OCZ, Ultra, Cooler Master and so on) and while the motherboards don't need the 24 Pin ATX connector we would still swing that way as opposed to one with only a 20 Pin connector.


You will see soon in the near future that power supplies have the correct 6 pin connector for the PCI Express interface but like Serial ATA there was a slight transition phase in power supplies coming with all the new connectors that you need.




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