Asus VG236H Screen
Corsair AX1200 PSU
D-Link Wireless-N Dual Band USB Stick
Arctic Cooling MX-4 Paste
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
Roccat Kone[+] Mouse
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drives 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, where appropriate, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated) and each drive was Sanitary Erased between tests.
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.