Our testing methods
As ever, we did our best to deliver clean benchmark numbers. Tests were run at least three times, and the results were averaged.
Please note that our Core 2 Duo E6700 is actually a Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor clocked down to the appropriate speed. Its performance should be identical to that of the real thing, although its power consumption may vary slightly. Then again, power consumption tends to vary from older chips to newer and from one chip to the next.
Our test systems were configured like so:
|Processor||Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66GHz||Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz (90nm)|
|System bus||1066MHz (266MHz quad-pumped)||1GHz HyperTransport|
|Motherboard||Intel D975XBX2||Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe|
|North bridge||975X MCH||nForce 590 SLI SPP|
|South bridge||ICH7R||nForce 590 SLI MCP|
|Chipset drivers||INF Update 184.108.40.2060
Intel Matrix Storage Manager 6.21
|Memory size||2GB (2 DIMMs)||2GB (2 DIMMs)|
|Memory type||Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4
DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz
DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz
|CAS latency (CL)||4||4|
|RAS to CAS delay (tRCD)||4||4|
|RAS precharge (tRP)||4||4|
|Cycle time (tRAS)||12||12|
|Audio||Integrated ICH7R/STAC9274D5 with
Sigmatel 220.127.116.1174 drivers
|Integrated nForce 590 MCP/AD1988B with
Soundmax 18.104.22.16800 drivers
|Hard drive||Maxtor DiamondMax 10 250GB SATA 150|
|Graphics||GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB PCIe with ForceWare 100.64 drivers|
|OS||Windows Vista Ultimate x64 Edition|
Thanks to Corsair for providing us with memory for our testing. Their products and support are far and away superior to generic, no-name memory.
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.
The test systems' Windows desktops were set at 1280x1024 in 32-bit color at an 85Hz screen refresh rate. Vertical refresh sync (vsync) was disabled.
We used the following versions of our test applications:
The tests and methods we employ are generally publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them.
|Deal of the week: Black Friday begins||18|
|More Black Friday deals: a 27" VA display for $290, a loaded 11.6'' convertible for $600, and more||0|
|Wednesday Night Shortbread||35|
|The TR Podcast 166: Reader questions, Asus answers, and our mobile recs||3|
|Ubisoft doles out freebies to make up for AC Unity issues||26|
|In the lab: Cooler Master's Silencio 652S quiet case||7|
|Native FLAC support coming to Windows 10||56|
|Early Black Friday deals: 4K for $350, 1080p IPS for $100, and more||26|
|I'll take old-school over Optimus Prime's nutsack covered in neon lights any day of the week.||+68|