NZXT Lexa S
Samsung SyncMaster XL30
Corsair AX1200 PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray drive
D-Link Wireless N Dual Band USB stick
1x 100GB Corsair F Series SSD OS
2x WD Raptor Hard Drives (Games on RAID 0 Drives)
Arctic Cooling MX-4 Paste
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10/DirectX 11 (June 2010)
The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).
Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.
All testing was completed in a Lexa S chassis with default fan configuration, all running at maximum RPM. For the idle temperature we measured the CPU after 30 minutes of activity in a 20°C room at the desktop. Load temperatures were measured after 15 minutes of 100% CPU use using Prime95. Noise levels recorded are for the full system with the decibel meter positioned at ear level and the chassis on the floor.
Fans were orientated so that cool air was drawn in from the front of the case and exhausted out of the back for the Vantage. On the H50/70, the unit was set to pull air in from the back and the top panel was therefore the main exhaust.