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

Solid state

Noting infuriates the Windows team more than seeing the cursed, busy hour glass while the machine is working away to complete an operation. While a slow processor or insufficient memory can make a computer feel slow on occasion, a slow storage device can bottleneck a machine at every turn and, in some cases, can even cause lockups.

Seeing as we wanted Dream Machine 09 to be a screaming machine we decided to ditch standard hard drives this year and instead looked at super-quick solid state drives (SSDs). We tested a number of SSDs this year and while there were many impressive – in terms of performance – SSDs from a number of manufacturers, Intel’s X25-M drives proved to be the fastest drives we tested. And after looking through our database we found Kingston’s fantastic SSDNow M Series drives (based on Intel’s X25-M) the cream of the crop.

Seeing as how Dream Machine09’s Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme motherboard supports RAID, we decided to use two of Kingston’s awesome SSDs and, you guessed it, run them in RAID 0. This form of RAID splits one chunk of data equally across however many disks there are in the RAID array, so when it comes to reading and writing, you get far better performance.

As we used two 80GB SSDNow M drives for a total capacity of 160GB, we wound up with tremendous results in our Sisoftware Sandra 2009 benchmark; working together the drives managed an average read speed of 429.67MB/sec and an average write speed of 127.81MB/sec. These are awesome results on their own but with a 0.1ms random access time Dream Machine 09 offers almost wait-free responsiveness.

To ensure that Kingston’s SSDs were best used we setup the RAID 0 array to act as the machine’s boot drive. We also installed all applications and games to the SSDs to take full advantage of their spectacular performance. Beyond their awesome performance these SSDs also offer a number of other benefits including lower power consumption, enhanced reliability (as they are not susceptible to movement shocks) and reduced heat generation. The ultimate choice for the ultimate PC then.

3482 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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