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Getting rig in shape for Benching

post #1 of 10
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Hey Guys,

I have been doing some reading and it seems that if you want to bench seriously I need to get my rig in shape.

Now I understand that I must partition my HDD for a benching copy of windows

Could somebody please explain how I go about this and what I need on this Benching windows.

Could somebody perhaps link all the benchmark programs I need

My rig sig are below

Thanks a mil guys
Mikrouwel
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post #2 of 10
Well it does seem that you skipped over this which contains tons of information
http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...ssentials.html
post #3 of 10
Yes, check out the link mbudden provided & if you have any other questions ask away. I personally like to use separate HDDs for my benching OSes rather than partitioning, I have a habit of corrupting bootloaders...
    
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post #4 of 10
Yea i have an old 500GB Cavier drive i use for benching on Windows XP. Out of preference i don't bench on my SSD (Unless its PC Mark) and the HDDs i use 24/7 as when overclocking it is quite stressful on the drives to keep turning off when an overlcock goes bad (even more so for mechanical HDDs)!

Also if you want to bench on Windows XP go and download the Xplite software (I forget the name) as you can strip out all the junk from XP making it extrememly fast.
post #5 of 10
My poor bench drive, more crashes than a nascar track.
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by jackbrennan2008 View Post
Yea i have an old 500GB Cavier drive i use for benching on Windows XP. Out of preference i don't bench on my SSD (Unless its PC Mark) and the HDDs i use 24/7 as when overclocking it is quite stressful on the drives to keep turning off when an overlcock goes bad (even more so for mechanical HDDs)!

Also if you want to bench on Windows XP go and download the Xplite software (I forget the name) as you can strip out all the junk from XP making it extrememly fast.
The program I use to strip XP is nLite, and there is an excellent guide for it here: http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...-benching.html
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post #7 of 10
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Okay well I have 2 x 250gig in raid ATM.

How will this work if I want to use one for one OS ans one for another?

Im not sure what type of RAID but it show about 470 odd gigs inwindows.

Also what OS is best for benching?

Thanks Guys
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RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
2000mhz Dom Gt's cl8 (3 Internal) 2 x 250GIG Samsung 7200RPM, 1 x 2TB W LG DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit 
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SyncMaster P2250 (1920x1080) Razer Nostromo Coolermaster 1250W Cosmos II 
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post #8 of 10
I'm not sure exactly but it seems that you would have to break up the raid array. Then use one for benching and the other for a daily OS. I wouldn't try benching with a raid array either, unless you were trying to get better scores in PCmark.
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post #9 of 10
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Okay thanks

So to break up RAID array, do I just unplug one of the HDD's or is the a special way?

Also would it be possible to say have my normal everyday OS on on HDD and say benching Windoes 7 and XP on the other?

Also how do I choose which HDD to boot to?

Thanks Guys
Mikrouwel

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i7 930 @ 4.2ghz @ 1.275vcore Rampage 3 Extreme Asus 6950 DCUII Asus 6950 DCUII 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
2000mhz Dom Gt's cl8 (3 Internal) 2 x 250GIG Samsung 7200RPM, 1 x 2TB W LG DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit 
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SyncMaster P2250 (1920x1080) Razer Nostromo Coolermaster 1250W Cosmos II 
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RAT 7 GLIDE 7 
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i7 930 @ 4.2ghz @ 1.275vcore Rampage 3 Extreme Asus 6950 DCUII Asus 6950 DCUII 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveOS
2000mhz Dom Gt's cl8 (3 Internal) 2 x 250GIG Samsung 7200RPM, 1 x 2TB W LG DVD-RW Windows 7 64bit 
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SyncMaster P2250 (1920x1080) Razer Nostromo Coolermaster 1250W Cosmos II 
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post #10 of 10
i use separate drives with 18-20GB partition off of a raw format [to get first partition at the "front" of the HDD platter.. this I guess would be like "short stroking" a drive..never done any straight across comparisons myself..but i know short-stroking has big advantages for speed and latency.

just my
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