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 220.127.116.110
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 18.104.22.16874 drivers
|Integrated nForce 590 MCP/AD1988B with
Soundmax 22.214.171.12400 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:
- SiSoft Sandra XI 2007.2.11.17 64-bit
- CPU-Z 1.39
- POV-Ray for Windows 3.7 beta 19a 64-bit
- Cinebench 9.5 64-bit Edition
- Windows Media Encoder 9 x64 Edition
- picCOLOR 4.0 build 598 64-bit
- 3DMark06 1.0.2
- notfred's Folding benchmark CD 10/31/06 revision
- The Panorama Factory 4.4 x64 Edition
- CASE Lab Euler3d CFD benchmark 2.2
- MyriMatch proteomics benchmark
- Valve Source Engine particle simulation benchmark
- Valve VRAD map build benchmark
- LAME MT 3.97a 64-bit
- 3DMark06 1.10
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 1.1
- Rainbow Six: Vegas 1.02
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.