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Our testing methods
Today we'll be comparing the DKA790GX Platinum's performance with that of another board based on AMD's 790GX chipset, Gigabyte's GA-MA790GP-DS4H. You can get the full scoop on the Gigabyte board in our 790GX launch coverage.

All tests were run three times, and their results were averaged.

Processor Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition
System bus 1.8GHz HyperTransport
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H MSI DKA790GX Platinum
Bios revision F3H 1.4
North bridge AMD 790GX AMD 790GX
South bridge AMD SB750 AMD SB750
Chipset drivers Catalyst 8.12 Catalyst 8.12
Memory size 2GB (2 DIMMs) 2GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type Corsair CM2X1024-9136C5D DDR2 SDRAM at 1066MHz
CAS latency (CL) 5 5
RAS to CAS delay (tRCD) 5 5
RAS precharge (tRP) 5 5
Cycle time (tRAS) 18 18
Command rate 2T 2T
Audio codec ALC889A with 2.13 drivers ALC888 with 2.13 drivers
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB with ForceWare 180.48 drivers
Hard drive Western Raptor X 150GB
OS Windows Vista Ultimate x86 with Service Pack 1

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.

Thanks to Corsair for providing the Dominator DIMMs we used for testing.

Finally, we'd like to thank Western Digital for sending Raptor WD1500ADFD hard drives for our test rigs.

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.