Performance and Benchmarks
Ah, time for the fireworks. With the fastest desktop processor on the market, two of the fastest mobile graphics cards, a SandForce-based SSD and 12GB of RAM, this beast showed our benchmarks no mercy.
Let’s take a moment and look at the Core i7-980X processor; it has six cores and runs at 3.33GHz (Turbo Boost is up to 3.60GHz). Intels’ fastest mobile/notebook processor is the i7-940XM, which runs at 2.13GHz and has just four cores. According to our benchmarks, the desktop i7-980X has nearly 50% more power. To the right is a CPU-Z screenshot of the i7-980X. The X7200 has a desktop Intel X58 motherboard chipset to support the desktop processors. This enables it to support triple-channel memory as well, just like desktops. The X7200 has three slots for RAM.
General performance of the X7200 as equipped is, well, outstanding. Thanks to the SSD, opening files and programs is more or less instantaneous. Photoshop was a dream with the six-core processor and 12GB of RAM; complex filters applied even to large images in no time.
One other interesting fact about the X7200 is that it can support three hard drives; our test unit came with an SSD and a secondary hard drive. I like this setup: use the SSD for programs and other commonly-accessed files and store data on the hard drive. The X7200 supports RAID 0, 1 and 5 with two or three drives.
I ran a full suite of benchmarks on the X7200 to demonstrate its performance capabilities:
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (high scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Vantage measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test: