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Our testing methods
All tests were run at least twice, and their results were averaged, using the following test systems.

Processor Core 2 Duo E6700 2.67GHz
System bus1066MHz (266MHz quad-pumped)
Motherboard EVGA 122-CK-NF68
Bios revisionP20
North bridgeNvidia nForce 680i  SLI SPP
South bridgeNvidia nForce 680i  SLI MCP
Chipset driversForceWare 9.53
Memory size2GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5 DDR2 SDRAM Corsair TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2 SDRAMCorsair TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DDR2 SDRAM
CAS latency (CL)445
RAS to CAS delay (tRCD)445
RAS precharge (tRP)445
Cycle time (tRAS)121215
Audio codecIntegrated nForce 680i SLI MCP/ALC885 with Realtek HD 1.47 drivers
Graphics GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB PCI-E with ForceWare 91.31 drivers
Hard drive Western Digital Caviar RE2 400GB
OS Windows XP Professional
OS updatesService Pack 2

Thanks to Corsair for providing us with memory for our testing. 2GB of RAM seems to be the new standard for most folks, and Corsair hooked us up with some of its 1GB DIMMs for testing.

Also, all of our test systems were powered by OCZ GameXStream 700W power supply units. Thanks to OCZ for providing these units for our use in testing.

We used the following versions of our test applications:

The test systems' Windows desktop was set at 1280x1024 in 32-bit color at an 85Hz screen refresh rate. Vertical refresh sync (vsync) was disabled for all tests. Most of the 3D gaming tests used the Medium detail image quality settings, with the exception that the resolution was set to 640x480 in 32-bit color.

All the tests and methods we employed are publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them.