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Our testing methods
Before we can free-run to the pretty pictures and performance graphs, there's a bit of housekeeping to take care of first. As always, we did our best to deliver clean benchmark numbers. Tests were run at least three times, and the results were averaged.

Our test system was configured like so:

Processor AMD Phenom 9900 Engineering Sample 2.6GHz (TLB patch disabled)
System bus HyperTransport 4.0 GT/s (2.0 GHz)
Motherboard Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe
BIOS revision 1406
North bridge 790FX
South bridge SB600
Chipset drivers Microsoft 6.0.6001.18000
Memory size 4GB (4 DIMMs)
Memory type 2x 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 SDRAM
CAS latency (CL) 5
RAS to CAS delay (tRCD) 5
RAS precharge (tRP) 5
Cycle time (tRAS) 18
Command rate 2T
Audio Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
Graphics EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX
GPU: 625MHz, Shaders: 1465MHz, Memory: 975MHz
with ForceWare 181.22 WHQL drivers
Hard drive Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA
OS Windows Vista Ultimate x64
OS updates Service Pack 1, latest updates at time of writing

The test system's Windows desktop was set at 1920x1200 in 32-bit color at a 60Hz 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 usually publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them.