Another Significant Upgrade (From Phenom II to i7 2600k)

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Hardware, Life
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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)
+— Heatsink Stock Stock
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


  1. JustMe says:

    3997 passmark rating!

  2. momster says:

    Seem a pretty worth upgrade there. Congratz and enjoy your new rig 🙂

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