As a rule, when constructing a computer, one tries to cram as much processing power into a given system as possible. The latest PCWorld video, however, is going for a slightly different tone, according to Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld’s executive editor and a gleefully cackling agent of chaos. The goal of his “Island of Misfit Toys” creation is to achieve the lowest possible score on the Cinebench benchmark by using a Frankenstein monster made up of parts from a variety of cursed machines.
Gordon shows off his torture device to his guest, Dr. Ian Cutress. The notoriously volatile Gigabyte P750GM serves as its brains. The motherboard is a defunct BTX design from a Dell pre-built desktop, and the Celeron D processor is covered by a plastic shroud that actively draws in cool air. Gordon was unable to plug in a modern GPU due to the cooling system, so he used a recalled NZXT PCIe riser cable to connect a Radeon Fury X card.
Moreover, Windows Vista Ultimate is operating on a 160GB mechanical hard drive to power the whole setup. This configuration is the most efficient in terms of power consumption; it features a 64-bit desktop CPU and a PCIe port for discrete graphics. No case can contain these pieces. A computer more bizarre than this one would be hard to find. And if that misery wasn’t enough, Gordon and Ian plan to use Cinebench on it.
Without giving away the video’s ending, I will tell you that Gordon is attempting to achieve a lower Cinebench R15 single-thread score than the 17 attained by Ian’s similar PC a few years ago. Consider that Intel’s most recent flagship processor, the i9, achieves a single-thread Cinebench R23 score of around 2300. My home-built work desktop only scores 1006 out of a possible 1275, despite having a 4-year-old mid-range CPU and a dozen open programmes.
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