Dream Machine 2009

The WINDOWS team constructs Dream Machine 09 using a CPU that can handle eight simultaneous threads, boasts 6GB of memory and uses two SSDs running in RAID 0. If you’re curious about what other components feature in Dream Machine 09 and fancy taking the machine home, read on…

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Dream Machine 2009
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  October 6, 2009

Motherboard mania

At the heart of any fast and flexible rig sits a top quality motherboard. This particular component determines exactly what kind of machine you can build, which makes it the most important component within a machine.

With the right motherboard you can build a hyper-fast gaming rig using multiple GPUs or if you need tons of storage, you could get hold of a board which has loads of Serial ATA ports and supports a number of RAID modes too. The motherboard, also known as mainboard, can determine your overclocking mileage too because while some boards offer sparse overclocking options, others offer an almost mind-boggling number of settings.

Since we wanted Dream Machine 09 to run overclocked yet remain stable and quiet and also wanted to build two RAID arrays, we finally settled on Gigabyte’s awesome GA-EX58-Extreme. This motherboard picked up our Best Performance award in our April Intel motherboard grouptest and several months on, we still haven’t come across a better X58 board.

The Gigabyte’s blue PCB is crammed with features, all of which make the motherboard one heck of a base to build a PC around. It features Intel’s high-end X58 core-logic chipset and sports no less than six DDR3 DIMM slots. As a result you can potentially use a colossal 24GB of memory. Beyond memory the board offers 10 Serial ATA ports and supports a variety of RAID modes such as 0,1, 5 and even RAID 10. And in terms of gaming, the board fully supports AMD’s CrossFire X and nVidia’s SLI multi-GPU technologies.

The board and its BIOS are also sound in terms of overclocking and this enabled us to push our processor from its standard 3.33GHz to 3.75GHz. In this case we simply dialed up the bus to 150MHz and force-fed the CPU and memory (because the memory also runs overclocked) voltages of 1.41875-volts and 1.640-volts respectively. This made Dream Machine 09 completely stable at its overclocked frequency.

3450 days ago
Saptagirish Noshikunte

The Machine looks truly awesome and power packed...I wonder how much it cost you guys in terms of all the components. Could you let me know?

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