Application and Futuremark Performance

On the processor side, the Puget Systems Deluge we have on hand is undoubtedly the fastest system we've yet tested. That's a given: Sandy Bridge-E is the fastest desktop processor available, and Puget Systems overclocked it to a speedy 4.6GHz. That's higher than any i7-990X we've ever seen, and combined with the new platform and other enhancements (relative to Bloomfield/Gulftown and X58) that should give the Deluge a comfortable lead. And it does, for the most part.

Futuremark PCMark 7

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R11.5

Video Encoding - x264

Video Encoding - x264

Generally speaking, the new X79 monster from Puget Systems takes the lead, but what's interesting is the comparison between the Deluge and the DigitalStorm Enix. The Enix is using a quad-core i7-2600K that's been overclocked to 4.7GHz, up 100MHz from the Deluge's i7-3960X's 4.6GHz. In places where SSD performance and graphics performance may also come into play, the Deluge actually has a hard time climbing to the top of the charts...which is where a $7,200 desktop really belongs. Still, particularly in heavily threaded workloads, Sandy Bridge-E can't be beat.

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark06

3DMark06 gets by on the increased CPU power, but Vantage and 3DMark11 are happier with the quad-GPU configurations we've tested. That's to be expected, but performance is pretty excellent and in Vantage the Deluge is even able to just barely best AVADirect's i7-990X-based system with a pair of AMD Radeon HD 6990s. Let's see how things pan out with some actual gaming tests.

Introducing the Puget Systems Deluge Gaming Performance
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  • ejiggyb - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    Well consider I once paid $8,000.00 just for 8MB of RAM.
  • Beenthere - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    They saw you coming... ;)
  • FireX11 - Monday, February 20, 2012 - link

    Why do they charge so much for this computer? I literally could of got the same thing at for half the price, and what's the point of watercooled graphics cards if you're not going to overclock?
  • trifecta88 - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    32GB of RAM for six cores and two radiators? Talk about overkill!
  • Samus - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    Mick Romney just ordered one for each of his kids.

    But thats what it costs to built the max of everything in a consumer-class PC. $8000.
  • Dustin Sklavos - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    It's not the max, but it's close to the max for Puget. The max so far would be two GTX 590s instead of 580s.
  • thetuna - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    And you'd have to max out the ram too.
    8GB dimms are available.
  • vol7ron - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    I'm not sure the board would allow 64GB. You might be able to use 8GB dimms, but not fill all the slots.
  • piroroadkill - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    I'd rather have two 6990s. If you can afford this system, you probably have several bigass monitors. 2GB of framebuffer vs 1.5GB is going to be useful at that point.
  • piroroadkill - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    Flipping the AUSUM switch too, of course.

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