YOYOTech Water Dragon 940
For the benchmarking stages of today's review we are going to be placing the Water Dragon 940 alongside yet another YOYOTech system, the Spartan 300. We must stress at this point that this is NOT a head-to-head comparison as the systems have quite different price, hardware and target audience.
| System Name||YOYOTech Spartan 300||YOYOTech Water Dragon 940|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53GHz @ 3.5GHz)||AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3.0GHz @ 3.6GHz)|
|Memory||2GB OCZ Reaper DDR2-1066 (5-5-5-15)||4GB Corsair TwinX PC2-6400 (5-5-5-15)|
| Disk Drive(s)||Samsung Spinpoint 320GB||Samsung Spinpoint 320GB|
| Graphics Card||Sapphire Radeon HD4850 512MB||Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 512MB|
| Power Supply||Antec Basiq 550w||OCZ StealthXStream 500w|
| Operating System||Windows Vista SP1 x32||Windows Vista SP1 x64|
| Cooling||Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro||CoolIT Domino ALC|
|Price (as reviewed)||£500.00||£749.00|
As we will be using most of the results from the earlier YOYOTech review the suite of applications and games remains roughly the same. However, for the sake of completeness we will also be including a couple of more up-to-date games to give a better idea of how the Water Dragon 940 performs with the very latest releases.
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
• SuperPI Mod 1.4
• PCMark Vantage x64
Disk I/O Performance
• HD Tune Pro 3.10
3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• 3DMark Vantage
• POV-Ray 3.6
• Unreal Tournament III
• Call of Duty 4
• Far Cry 2
There's nothing worse than getting your brand new toy home and finding that it doesn't work, or being mid-way through your favourite computer game; only seconds away from the next 'save point' only to have your PC freeze on you. Therefore as part of our testing procedure each and every system sent to us for review must pass a gruelling 12 hour stability test with both OCCT and ATITool artifact scanning running simultaneously in an attempt to bring the system to its knee's.
The Water Dragon 940 passed with flying colours, managing to remain stable while also keeping temperatures under control for a total of 12 hours straight. As an additional test we also rebooted the Water Dragon 940 several consecutive times after the testing had completed to ensure that it did not suffer with the same 'hit-or-miss' booting issues as the YOYOTech Spartan. Once again, it worked flawlessly.
At this point we would have liked to conduct some overclocking of our own, but once again time was creeping up on us, so it was straight to the benchmarks to see how the Water Dragon faired...