From this point onwards the Vadim is in your hands and you’re free to let it loose on your games and applications of choice. Of course, our particular choice was our usual suite of benchmarks, which I’m sure you’re all familiar with by now.
First I ran our automated timedemos of Prey, Call Of Duty 2, and Counter-Strike: Source at resolutions of 1,280 x 1,024, 1,600 x 1,200, 1,920 x 1,200. Each resolution is run with no AA or AF, 2xAA and 4xAF, and finally 4xAA and 8xAF. Then I manually ran through the Company Of Heroes demo at the same resolutions with both AA on and off. All games are run with maximum in game detail settings. Because of continued instability issues with ATIs DirectX 10 drivers I didn’t run either the Lost Planet or Call of Juarez demos as results wouldn’t have been comparable.
For comparison I used our usual test bed which consists of an Intel 975XBX2 “Bad Axe” motherboard loaded with an Intel Core 2 Duo QX6800 quad core CPU coupled with 2GB of Corsair CMX1024-6400C3 running at 800MHz with latency settings of 3-4-3-9. The hard drive is a 400GB Seagate Barracuda. We also threw in a couple of Radeon HD 2900 XTs for good measure.
Performance was unsurprisingly outstanding and none of our tested settings proved too much for the Vadim. Call of Duty 2 continues to be a thorn in ATIs side when compared to nVidia’s flagship 8800 GTX but, when you’re dealing with the kind of framerates we’re seeing with this system, it’s not really of concern. Overclocking also seemed to have a very minor affect in this game though the Vadim was consistently a few frames per second faster at every setting. All the other games showed the kind of performance you would expect from a machine of this calibre and I’ve no doubt you won’t be disappointed running any currently available game on this system.
Next I fired up our 2D tests which consist of automating some everyday tasks in a single and multi-tasking environment and timing how long they take to complete, you can find a full explanation of each task here. All these tests give the entire system a thorough work out, particularly testing memory bandwidth, processor speed, and hard disk speed (both random access and sustained read/write speeds).
Unsurprisingly the Vadim wipes the floor with our test bed with the overclocked CPU and dual Raptor hard drives really proving their worth. The graphs really speak for themselves with the Vadim averaging over twenty percent faster than our test bed.
All in all the Vadim Custom Fusion LQX is a true colossus of the computing world. We simply haven’t seen another system builder that can deliver PCs with the kind of performance, style and class of Vadims desktops. Yes, they cost a lot but so does every other luxury item on your wish list. If you can afford it, go for it.