1x 128Gb Corsair P128 SSD OS
3x WD Raptor Hard Drives (Games on RAID 0 Drives)
Arctic Cooling MX-3 Paste
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10/DirectX 11 (August 2009)
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.