Corsair smashes PCMark Vantage record

While most mere mortals would struggle to scrape together the half a grand needed to buy a single 200GB Corsair Force F200 SSD, the tech heads at Corsair decided to take advantage of their access to hardware by building a benchmark-smashing monster with a tower of 11 SSDs. The machine has just broken the PCMark Vantage record.

All 11 of the drives were installed in RAID 0 configuration via an Areca ARC-1680D-IX-12 PCI-E RAID controller, creating a colossal 2.2TB silicon drive. Would you really need 11 SSDs to break a benchmark record? We put the question to Corsair, who simply pointed us to this video of Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel explaining why his amps go up to 11. Hey, if you’ve got the drives, then why not?

The rest of the machine was similarly insane. The processor, for example, was not only a six-core Core i7-980X, but it was also cooled to -100°C with liquid Nitrogen via a Kingpin Cooling Dragon F1EE liquid Nitrogen pot. This enabled the team to push the CPU’s clock speed all the way up to 5.79GHz, although the clock only needed to be set at 5.63GHz to break the PCMark Vantage record.

Meanwhile, the EVGA X58 Classified motherboard’s memory slots were naturally filled with 6GB of Corsair’s Dominator GTX DDR3 memory, which was running at 2,144MHz with latency timings of 7-7-6-20. This being a Corsair system, it also had to have a Corsair PSU, and the company’s HX1000W handled all the power duties. Finally, a simple Radeon HD 5870 completed the system.

Then came the benchmarking, and Corsair tells us that getting the benchmarks was very far from being an easy job. Nevertheless, the guys managed to get a great result in PCMark Vantage.

Although this is a synthetic benchmark that doesn’t necessarily reflect real-world performance, it does at least stress all the important areas of a PC. So, with a ridiculously overclocked six-core CPU and a massive RAID-array of SSDs using a SandForce SF-1200 controller, you can imagine that it did pretty well.

You can see all the details of the result on Futuremark’s ORB results browser. The final score was 32,947, which is 1,614 points in front of the nearest competing result. You can see the gist of it in this screenshot.

Back in the real world, however, you’ll need a lottery win in order to build a similar system yourself. Based on the SSD's current price, we worked out that you’d need £6,127.22 just to replicate the storage system of this beast.

For more information, check out Corsair’s blog on breaking the benchmark record.