Our testing methods
All tests were run three times, and their results were averaged.
|Processor||Xeon 3320 2.5GHz|
|System bus||1333MHz (333MHz quad-pumped)|
|North bridge||Intel X48 Express|
|South bridge||Intel ICH9R|
|Memory size||2GB (2 DIMMs)|
|Memory type||Corsair CM3X1024-1600C7DHX DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz|
|CAS latency (CL)||7|
|RAS to CAS delay (tRCD)||7|
|RAS precharge (tRP)||7|
|Cycle time (tRAS)||21|
|Audio codec||Integrated ALC889A with 1.88 drivers|
|Graphics||GeForce 8800 GT 1GB PCIe with ForceWare 169.25 drivers|
|Hard drive||Western Raptor X 150GB|
|OS||Windows Vista Ultimate x86|
|OS updates||KB936710, KB938194, KB938979, KB940105|
Thanks to Corsair for providing us with memory for our testing.
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'd like to thank Western Digital for sending Raptor WD1500ADFD hard drives for our test rigs. The Raptor's still the fastest all-around drive on the market, and the only 10K-RPM Serial ATA drive you can buy.Finally, thanks to the good folks at NCIX for hooking us up with an off-the-shelf Xeon X3320 retail box to use for 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.
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.