All-around good performance without being garish.
Still, it could use a little pizzazz to push it over the top.
We’ve seen systems with Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) before, but no vendor has been sassy enough to break from the de rigueur SATA VelociRaptor or SSD drives in favor of the tech—until now.
Of course, this is Polywell’s M.O.—not content to do things like any other system vendor, Polywell usually tucks in a curve ball to brush you off home plate when you don’t expect it. Sometimes Polywell’s pitch doesn’t work (think really nice $5,000 gaming rig with an $8 keyboard and mouse), but time we were intrigued with its 300 gigabytes of RAID 0, 15,000rpm, connected using SAS. The onboard SAS support in the Asus P6T Deluxe mobo achieved sequential read speeds of about 192MB/s with 6.8ms access times—that’s purty durn good considering that our VelociRaptor-equipped systems see roughly 166MB/s reads with about 7+ms access times.
Elsewhere, Polywell plays it safe and sane: an Intel Core i7 clocked up to 3.66GHz on air and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 card along with 6GB of DDR3 at 1,450MHz and an LG Blu-ray drive stuffed into an Antec 900 case make it a well-rounded rig—albeit a bit bland.
|Zero Point ||Polywell X5800A-Extreme |
|Premiere Pro CS3||1,260 sec ||583 (116%) |
|Photoshop CS3 ||150 sec ||86 |
|ProShow ||1,415 sec||667 (112%) |
|MainConcept||1,872 sec ||1,079|
|Crysis||26 fps ||42 fps |
|Unreal Tournament||83 fps ||172 (107%)|
Our current desktop test bed consists of a quad-core 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700, 2GB of Corsair DDR2/800 RAM on an EVGA 680 SLI motherboard. We run two EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX cards in SLI mode, Western Digital 150GB Raptor and 500GB Caviar hard drives, LG GGC-H20L, Sound Blaster X-Fi, and PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Quad. OS is Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
|Processor||Intel Core i7 @ 3.6GHz|
|MOBO ||Asus P6T Deluxe X58 |
|RAM||6GB DDR3/1450 |
|Videocard ||GeForce GTX 295 |
|Storage ||Two Segate 150GB Cheetah 15K.5 in RAID 0, Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 |
|Optical ||LG GGC-H20 |
|Case/PSU ||Antec 900 / 750 Watt Thermaltake ToughPower |