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Our testing methods
We had intended to use a Phenom-based system with a GeForce 8800 GTX to test vReveal, but the previously mentioned G80 limitation sunk those plans. Instead, we did our testing with a GeForce 9400M-powered Apple MacBook and a GeForce 8800 GT-based desktop system. 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 systems were configured like so:

Processor Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P7350 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz
System bus 1066MHz (266MHz quad-pumped) 1066MHz (266MHz quad-pumped)
Motherboard Apple Mac-F42D89C8 MSI P965 Platinum
BIOS revision MB51.88Z.0073.B06.0810291326 1.8
Chipset Nvidia GeForce 9400M P965 MCH
Chipset drivers ForceWare 179.48 INF update 8.3.1.1009, Intel Matrix Storage Manager 8.7
Memory size 2GB (2 DIMMs) 4GB (4 DIMMs)
Memory type 2x 1GB Hynix DDR3-1066 SDRAM 2x 2GB Corsair ValueSelect DDR2-667 SDRAM
CAS latency (CL) 7 5
RAS to CAS delay (tRCD) 7 5
RAS precharge (tRP) 7 5
Cycle time (tRAS) 20 15
Command rate 2T 2T
Audio Realtek ALC885 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Graphics Nvidia GeForce 9400M
with ForceWare 179.48 drivers
Zotac GeForce 8800 GT Amp! Edition
with ForceWare 182.06 drivers
Hard drive Fujitsu 160GB 5400RPM SATA 2x Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB SATA in RAID-1 mode
OS Windows XP Professional Windows Vista Home Premium x64
OS updates Service Pack 3, latest updates at time of writing Service Pack 1, latest updates at time of writing

We used the following versions of our test applications:

  • MotionDSP vReveal 1.0

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.