YoYoTech Intel Spartan 300 Gaming System

Test Config, Stability & Overclocking

Test Config
 
With the only other pre-built system tested recently at Overclock3D coming in at nearly double the price of the YoYoTech Spartan 300, it would be somewhat unfair to place the two systems head-to-head. Therefore, in the testing over the next few pages we will be assessing the Spartan on its ability to run the latest games while also performing some traditional benchmark tests for good measure. The test suite used can be seen below:
 
Synthetic CPU & Memory
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
• Lavalys Everest 4.0
• SuperPI Mod 1.4 (8m)
 
File Compression & Encoding
• Peazip File Compression
• x264 Video Encoding
 
Disk I/O Performance
• HD Tune Pro 3.10
 
3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• 3DMark05
• 3DMark06
• 3DMark Vantage
• POV-Ray 3.6

3D Games
• Crysis
• GRID
• Unreal Tournament III
• Call of Duty 4
• Quake 4
 
As mentioned earlier in the review, the Spartan 300 comes with the option of being pre-overclocked by YoYoTech. As you can see from the CPU-Z screenshots below, our system was overclocked to just under 3.5GHz from a stock speed of 2.53GHz using an FSB of 368MHz and with a reasonable vcore of 1.445v set in the BIOS.
 
Spartan 300 CPU-Z Spartan 300 CPU-Z
 
What the untrained eye may not see however is that the CPU used inside our test system is in fact an Intel Engineering Sample (denoted in CPU-Z as (ES)). This, we're sure is certainly not something YoYoTech will be providing in all of their customers machines  (as Intel would most certainly have something to say about that), so it will be interesting to hear how it found its way into ours.
 
Official reply from YoYoTech:
The Intel Engineering sample CPU is 100% identical to the production models, but was part of an early batch from Intel that were made available to publications and system integrators for review. Many sites, including Overclock3d, have shown the E7200 overclocking nicely - and we would expect the performance of Spartan 300 machines shipped to all leave us pre-overclocked to the same levels
 
 
Stability & Further Overclocking
 
Being a pre-overclocked system great attention needs to be paid to the stability of the machine under high loads for extensive periods (Gaming etc..). For this reason we subjected the Spartan 300 to 12hrs worth of OCCT and ATITool artifact scanning. At the end of the test, the system had pretty much heated the entire OC3D office, but impressively hadn't shown any signs of instability or artifacting.
 
However, the Spartan wasn't completely without fault. Whenever booting the system from cold we would be presented with spinning fans and a blank monitor. Powering the system off and back on again then booted into the BIOS where we was told that the motherboard had recovered from "failed overclock settings". Shutting down and restarting for a 3rd time finally allowed the system to boot into Windows while still using the overclock settings configured by YoYoTech.
 
To us this seemed more of an issue with the MSI motherboard than anything else. While the system was perfectly stable once it had booted into Windows, the P43 Neo-F just seemed unhappy about powering on at anything other than stock settings. Hopefully this is something that YoYoTech will be able to easily address and prevent from happening on customer machines.
 
Overclock3D Stability
 
Of course, we couldn't let the chance to overclock an Engineering Sample E7200 pass us by, so with a quick delve into the BIOS we managed to push the chip up to 3.66GHZ before OCCT started failing on us.
 
YoYoTech Spartan Overclocked YoYoTech Spraytan 300
 
Now let's move on to some benchmarks and see if the Spartan is worthy of its title as a gaming system...
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Most Recent Comments

30-07-2008, 16:25:31

JN
"How far can YoYoTech make 500 stretch into building a mid-range gaming rig? We find out as we review their latest Spartan 300 Gaming PC."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...183854708s.jpg

YoYoTech Intel Spartan 300 Gaming System

30-07-2008, 17:03:47

Rastalovich
I`ll open by being brutally honest in that I`ve never forgiven YoYoTech for advertizing the IX38-MAX, and it of course not making the shops

However, great review Jim, and I have equally be honest that if some1 came to me with the story we all get "can u build me a pc" - for 500, I`d point them at this. Jim had to technicalities.. but here`s the beauty about it - the person who bought it wouldn`t be on my phone all the time with an issue That my friends is priceless.

Once going and benching is pretty darn decent, and there`s a fair bit of expansion u can add to it in the future - which is the downfall of most pre-made systems.

Good stuff.

http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/demos/Imag...-animation.gif

30-07-2008, 17:04:31

FarFarAway
Cracking VFM, shame about the slight issues. Still, they've stretched 500 a long way

30-07-2008, 20:15:20

BUFF
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.

Rumour has it that P43 has been constrained to ~400fsb (way down on P45) for overclocking which I would love you to test if you still have the system.

30-07-2008, 21:52:31

WC Annihilus
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='BUFF'
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.
Fixed, good catch

31-07-2008, 01:10:02

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='BUFF'
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.

Rumour has it that P43 has been constrained to ~400fsb (way down on P45) for overclocking which I would love you to test if you still have the system.
From what I've been told the board that was used in that system is actually a P45 board and MSI have just changed the sticker on it to read P43 so that they can sell it at a lower price.

If you check the pics in the review, have a look at the model number printed on the PCB and punch it into Google.

Maybe MSI have done something to it...but to me it looked like a P45 with a sticker on it.

31-07-2008, 01:40:19

WC Annihilus
Out of curiosity I went to MSI's site and downloaded the manual for those board. By the looks of it, there are three different boards bearing the model number (P45, P43, and G45). From my reading, the P43 is essentially the same chip as the P45, just with a few features disabled (only 1 x16 PCI-E, weaker official memory support). Possibly low-binned P45's. The G45 is just a P45 with an integrated graphics solution. So I suppose you could look at this board as being a lower-binned, feature-capped P45 board

31-07-2008, 03:47:12

Luigi
Thats really strange how they gave you an ES chip :S

Pretty cool if they gave everyone one though

31-07-2008, 11:39:10

BUFF
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
From what I've been told the board that was used in that system is actually a P45 board and MSI have just changed the sticker on it to read P43 so that they can sell it at a lower price.

If you check the pics in the review, have a look at the model number printed on the PCB and punch it into Google.

Maybe MSI have done something to it...but to me it looked like a P45 with a sticker on it.
Oh, I'm sure that P43 & P45 are pin compatible allowing mobo manufacturers to re-use PCBs - afterall that's what many have done with IX38/IX48 mobos, Asus P5N32 uses a Striker PCB etc. etc.

05-08-2008, 08:08:19

cl0ck_ed
This is by far the best budget gaming setup someone possible could get right now. The arctic cooler is great. Very nice choice of components.

35 for them to build it, overclock and RTB warranty!!!! GREAT VFM!!!

1.445v Vcore !! ouch. I thought the 45nm chips were failing at voltage close to that. Seems a bit steep for Yoyotech to get stability?? Intel spec VID up to 1.365v. Very risky imo.

Great review. And hope this pc sells like hot cakes. It is miles infront of other system builders in terms of value!!
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