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Pre-installed Software and Performance

The system uses an AMI BIOS with all of the basic options one would expect. There are no overclocking options available from the BIOS menu however.

Gateway loads the OS with their custom theme which features a gray smoke background along with the company's name and logo. Unfortunately they also include quite a bit of software you won't necessarily use. The default desktop icons reveal some of it: Creative EAX Gadget, eBay shortcut, Gateway Games, Microsoft Office 60 day trial, Microsoft Works, Nero 9, Netflix shortcut, Norton Internet Security 2009 60-day trial and CyberLink Power Director.

Other pre-installed applications include CyberLink PowerCinema, Gateway InfoCentre, Gateway MyBackup, Gateway ScreenSaver, Gateway Updater, Identity Card and the Windows Live suite.

Below we have included some reference benchmark results from the several tests that were run on the Gateway FX6831-03 to give you an idea of how its processor, graphics card, hard drive and memory system perform under load. All benchmarks were run with Turbo Boost enabled.

The power of the Core i7 860 processor and Radeon HD 5850 graphics card shouldn't surprise anyone by now. We have reviewed both components in detail before. If you are looking for a straight performance comparison between processors in this segment or high-end graphics cards we suggest you check our standalone component reviews.

Gateway FX 6831-03 System Specs

Hardware:

  • Intel Core i7 860
  • x4 4GB DDR3 1333MHz (16GB total)
  • Gateway motherboard with Intel H57 Express Chipset
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB 7200RPM
  • FSF Group 750W Power Supply (model fsp750-80apg)
  • Lite-On DH-6E2S Blu-ray drive
Software:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
  • ATI Catalyst 9.13

Benchmark Results

Score
3DMark Vantage (1280 x 1024)
3DMark Score P14373
GPU Score 13463
CPU Score 18029
Super PI Mod 1.5
1M test 0m 14.312 sec
4M test 1m 12.574 sec
Sandra processor arithmetic
Agregate arithmetic performance 69.68 GOPS
Dhrystone iSSE4.2 83.45 GIPS
Whetstone iSSE3 56 GFLOPS
Sandra processor multimedia
Aggregate multimedia performance 135.32 MPixel/s
Multimedia Integer x16 iSSE4.1 156 MPixel/s
Multimedia Float x8 iSSE2 114.56 MPixel/s
Multimedia Double x4 iSSE2 62.55 MPixel/s
Sandra memory bandwidth
Aggregate Memory Performance 16.53 GB/s
Integer Buff'd iSSE2 Memory Bandwidth 16.52 GB/s
Float Buff'd iSSE2 Memory Bandwidth 16.54 GB/s
Sandra memory latency
Memory Latency 76 ns
Speed Factor 55.60
Sandra file systems
Drive Score 59.12 MB/s
Random Access Time 5.26 ms
Sandra physical disks
Drive Score 101.7 MB/s
Random Access Time 17 ms

Gaming Performance

Score
Crysis (High quality)
1680 x 1050, no AA/AF 57.03 fps
1920 x 1080, no AA/AF 50.86 fps
Just Cause 2 (High quality, Dark Tower level)
1680 x 1050, 8x AA / 16x AF 44.23 fps
1920 x 1080, 8x AA / 16x AF 40.03 fps
Unreal Tournament 3, max settings
1920 x 1080, 4x AA / 16x AF 133 fps