3ds max 7
To test the CPU rendering performance of both machines, we used CBALLS2.max bundled with SPECapc for 3ds max to render one frame. The MentalRay renderer was used, HDTV preset at 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution, and everything else was left to default.
3ds max 7- rendering CBALLS2.max
Lower is better
|365 seconds ||408 seconds |
Both machine's are equipped with Western Digital's 10,000RPM monster hard drives in RAID configuration. The Alienware MJ-12 7750 has four 74GB Raptors configured in RAID 10, while the 3DBOXX has three 36GB Western Digital configured for RAID 5. Let's see how fast they can transfer data using WinBench 99.
|WinBench 99 v2.00|
|Alienware MJ-12 7750 ||BOXX|
|Disk transfer rate |
| Beginning (MB/sec) || 143|| 112|
| End(MB/sec) || 108|| 75.2|
| Disk access|
| 7.85|| 8.92|
The Alienware machine edges out once again, both system with RAID can dish out a lot of data. Real-life usage will have varying results, but this test serves as a useful indication of the ideal hard disk transfer rate of both system. Shown here is a graph out from WinBench 99.
Alienware covers their workstations with a limited one year warranty, upgradable at a reasonable cost to two or three years. This includes 24/7 phone support and onsite repairs. No complaints here, this level of support is almost mandatory for the kind of cash you'll be forking over.
Alienware MJ-12 7750 Workstation
Dual Intel Xeon 3.6GHz
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3400
4x Western Digital Raptor 74GB
DVD Writer (dual-layer)
SoundBlaster Audigy ZS
Alienware MJ-12 7750
Price: Reviewed configuration, MSRP US$6,350
- Excellent performance, no issues with stability.
- Lots of room for expansion, plenty of cooling.
- High level of support included.
- Noise level is simply too loud.
- Very heavy, somewhat tacky case.
Verdict: The MJ-12 workstation is a solid performer. Performance and stability were excellent. The price is reasonable for a typical high-powered system. The high-quality power supply and chassis design should mean no problems with expandability. The on-site warranty is a big plus, currently Alienware look like they have distribution channels outside of the US in countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the UK.
Points against the MJ-12 workstation are the flimsiness of the front door panel, and the sheer amount of noise generated by the fans. The terms "low noise" and "ultra quiet" are simply not true.Overall this is a solid performance-oriented machine