Back in June 2009, I upgraded my Pentium Dual Core 1.8GHz system to Phenom II 955BE based system. It was a huge and very significant upgrade. Although I kinda need to fork out quite an amount of money, it is worth every single cent.
However, when Intel releases a second generation i7, I start to think that now is a good time for another significant upgrade. It was not an easy journey. A lot of research has been made to justify this upgrade as I was afraid the performance gain is not significant enough.
Thank God, P67 mobo has some issue with its Sata2 port. This gives me enough time to re-evaluate and reconsider the upgrade. Once the Rev B3 is out, I finally could make up my mind and purchase Intel Core i7 2600k and Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard.
So, after everything has been setup properly, I fire up Passmark Performance Test 7 and benchmark both systems. Here is the finding.
Performance Gain: CPU (From Phenom 955BE @ 3.6GHz to Core i7 @ 4.5 GHz(TPU) : Stock Heatsink : 24/7 Setup)
Performance Gain: Memory (From Asus M4A78T-E to Asus P8P67 Pro : Both use same Corsair Dominator 1600 DDR3 8-8-8-24)
Performance Gain: 3D Card (From Radeon 4850 to Radeon 6850 : Both Stock Setting)
Performance Gain: HDD (From 1x Western Digital 1TB Black to 2x Samsung F3 1TB Raid 0 – Intel Rapid Storage)
Base on the charts above, I could say that this upgrade basically make my computer 2.6 times faster compare to the old system (Phenom 955BE)
Summary of Changes
New System ( March 2011)
Old System (June 2009)
|Processor||Intel Core i7 2600k||AMD Phenom II 955BE|
|+— Clock||4.5 GHz (TPU)||3.6 GHz (Self Adjust Multiplier)|
|Motherboard||Asus P8P67||Asus M4A78T-E|
|Graphic Card||AMD Radeon 6850||AMD Radeon 4850|
|RAM||4 x 2GB Corsair Dominator 1600||2 x 2GB Corsair Dominator 1600|
|PSU||Tagan 650W True Power||Tagan 650W True Power|
|Hard Disk||2x Samsung F3 1T Raid 0||WD Black 1TB|
|(Intel Rapid Storage Tech)||(AMD AHCI)|
|Monitor||2x 1920*1080||1x 1440*900|
|Sound Card||X-Fi Platinum||X-Fi Platinum|
|Other Remark||TPU is ON||AMD Cool & Quite is On|
|EPU is ON|