2x 2GB Corsair Dominator 1600mhz 7-7-7-24-1T
Sapphire Radeon 5870 Toxic 2GB
Samsung SyncMaster XL30
BFG EX-1200W PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray drive
D-Link Wireless N Dual Channel USB stick
2x 128GB Corsair P128 SSD OS
2x WD Raptor Hard Drives (Games on RAID 0 Drives)
Seagate 2TB SATA 6GB/s drive for SATA 3rd Gen testing
Arctic Cooling MX-3 Paste
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10/DirectX 11 (March 2010)
SiSoft Sandra 2010 SP1d (Engineer Edition)
Photoshop CS5 64-bit
Adobe Media Encoder
Napoleon Total War
Counter Strike Source
CCCP (Codec Pack)
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.
HardwareHeaven does not use benchmark scripts. We play the games for long periods of time on various levels and report any unusual findings we see. Then we record with FRAPS across several in game levels recording the averages. This is real world testing and is just how you guys will experience the game. These results give the reader balanced and directly comparable set of figures for comparing products.