Our testing methods
With a 200W PSU and extremely limited clearance for CPU coolers, we've stuck with relatively low-power hardware to test the Element Q's capabilities. The case was run in two configurations: one with a Brazos-based board sporting an AMD E-350 APU, and another combining Intel's Z68 Express chipset with a Core i3-2100. Both configs used their respective platforms' integrated graphics processors.
|Processor||AMD E-350 1.6GHz||Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3||Zotac Z68-ITX|
|Platform hub||AMD Hudson M1||Intel Z68 Express|
|Chipset drivers||Catalyst 11.7||220.127.116.115|
|Memory size||8GB (2 DIMMs)||8GB (2 DIMMs)|
|Memory type||Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz||Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz|
|Audio||Realtek ALC892 with 2.59 drivers||Realtek ALC892 with 2.59 drivers|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 6310 with Catalyst 11.7 drivers||Intel HD Graphics 2000 with 18.104.22.168.2361 drivers|
|Hard drive||Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64|
We'd like to thank Corsair, Gigabyte, Zotac, Thermaltake, and Western Digital for helping to outfit our test rigs with some of the finest hardware available.
We used the following versions of our test applications:
The test systems' Windows desktop was set at 1280x1024 in 32-bit color at a 60Hz 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.
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