Testing full systems is pretty much an amalgamation of all other types of testing utilised in our reviews. We run it through many, many benchmarks including some system ones, individual component tests, and some games.
The benchmarks performed were:
- Custom PC Benchmark suite
- PC Mark Vantage
- AIDA 64
- STALKER Clear Sky
Results will be compared to those of our in-house test rig which has the following hardware:
CPU: i5 760 @ 4.0GHZ
Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E
RAM: 4GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHZ
GPU: Sapphire 5850 1GB
PSU: TCorsair TX 650w
PCmark Vantage is Futuremark’s full system benchmark. It takes some of the 3D aspects of 3Dmark, and bundles them with multimedia, music, web browsing, memory tests and others to give you an overall score for your rig’s performance; not just focused on 3D.
The test rig, while getting on a bit still dominates in the early tests, however when it came to the gaming, productivity and HDD sections the Alto destroyed. Part of this will be down to the inclusion of an SSD of course, which immediately puts this test rig ahead of any setup lacking one.
Custom PC Benchmark Suite
While it feels like a bit of a cop out to use another site’s benchmark suite, the CPC catalogue of tests is pretty damn good. They test a variety of things like PCM Vantage.
Hardly poor performance numbers for a PC that’s designed more for entertainment, though the test rig trounces it here.
Wprime is a strong multi-threaded benchmark that stresses a CPU, while forcing it to calculate “square roots with a recursive call of Newton’s method”. This is a good measure of raw CPU power.
Cryo PC Alto: 689.182
XSR Test Rig: 270.98
So the low power 2100T isn’t a number crunching monster it seems.
Lavalys AIDA 64
This is the sequel to Everest, which helps compare different RAM kits by performance. Thanks to the guys over at Lavalys for providing us with an engineer copy.
Cryo PC Alto: 50.7
XSR Test Rig: 40.8
Here the Alto does well to hold its own. This isn’t too surprising though, as while it isn’t designed with high end performance in mind, its memory bandwidth is nothing to sniff at.