Basic to Battle Ready: An AMD Triple Threat

 
by  •  Jun 11, 2014

When I first applied here to Off Duty Gamers to be the resident graphics and video guy, I figured my stock Dell Inspiron i570 with an AMD 6670 Graphics card would be enough to get the job done.  It was for a bit, and don’t get me wrong, the i570 was a great PC for the price I paid for it, and it was capable of rendering out videos in 720p on Movie Studio Platinum, and it could handle small projects in Adobe After Effects, if you like waiting 2 hours for a ten second intro to render out.

Benchmarking

UStarting Benchsing NovaBench to test just how slow the i570 was, it was clear that the score was less than acceptable with a mere 454.

The CPU from the i570, the Athlon II X2 scored a 216, the stock RAM of only 4GB got a 101, and the Hardware test scores only a 37.  I knew it was time to upgrade, and AMD heard my plea for help.

 

 

 

 

 

Enter the AMD Triple Threat

Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3

Starting with the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 (rev-4) Motherboard equipped with the AMD 9-Series Chipset consisting of a Northbridge AMD 990FX, and a Southbridge AMD SB950, this motherboard offers a ton to aid in computing speed not only for rendering out videos, but also for gaming. The 990FXA-UD3 offers AMD OverDrive Support giviGigabyte 990FXA-UD3ng you the ability to maximize the capabilities of the platforms using AMD Processors and chipsets.  One of the coolest features about the GA-990FXA-UD3 is the On/Off Charge Technology.  This is a free download from the Gigabyte site that allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad, or your iPod Touch whether your PC is on, in standby, or completely shut off.

$128.00

 

AMD Radeon Gamer Series Ram

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With a Motherboard you obviously need RAM, and what would be better to go with an AMD Motherboard than some AMD Ram?  For this we turn to the AMD Radeon Gamer Series and go with 16GB (2×8).  With this installed it significantly cut down rendering times in both Movie Studio and After Effects.

$158.99

 

 

AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-9370 CPU

You can’t run ANY PC without a heart, and for the heart of this system, AMD showed us just what their FX Series had to off

AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition_l copyer with the AMD FX 8 Core Black Edition FX-9370.  This little beastie has some serious computing power running at a frequency of 4700hZ, the AM3+ Socket CPU uses about 220W and has a bus speed of 5200.  Upon first boot I was immediately blown away by the sheer speed at with my PC ran and how well it performed.

$229.99

 

 

Re-Benchmarking

After installing all of this, as well as a few other components, all of which I will list at the bottom, I ran NovaBench again and as the saying goes the numbers speak for themselves.

post build benchIts clear to see that with these three components, I added 1101 points to my benchmark score.

The new FX-9370 CPU scored a 609, with the 16GB of Gamer Series RAM getting a 210, and the Hardware jumping to 52.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to rendering in After Effects, my time has been cut significantly as well.  I no longer have to sit and wait 45 minutes for a 7 second intro.  Instead, most of my time is used making sure everything is in place, and once I hit the render button I wait a mere 10-15 minutes.

So if you are looking to build or upgrade a PC for Video Editing and Rendering, or even just to play games, this AMD Triple Threat is a huge Bang for your Buck!

Complete Build Specs:

  • Corsair Vengeance C70 Black Case
  • Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 rev 4.0 Motherboard
  • AMD FX-9370 CPU
  • AMD Gamer Series RAM 16GB (2×8)
  • XFX R9-270X Graphics Card
  • Corsair H100i CPU Cooler
  • Rosewill Hive 750W Power Supply