HH Comparison Build: Z68/i5-2500/ Samsung 8GB DDR3-1333/ 2x WD in RAID 0, Dell GTX 560Ti.
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
DirectX 9.0c/10/11 (November 2010)
Intel RST 10.6
PowerDVD 11 Ultra
Adobe Master Collection CS5.5
Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
Cyberlink MediaExpresso 6.5
Dragon Age 2
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 resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.