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CPU Roundup April 2010

CPU Roundup April 2010

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Specification and Testing Methodology



AMD System:
AMD Athlon II X2 255
AMD Athlon II X3 440
AMD Athlon II X4 635
AMD Phenom II X2 555

ECS A785GM-AD3

Intel System:
Intel i3-530
MSI H55M-E33

Other Components

2x 1GB Kinston Hyper-X DDR3
Zotac GeForce GTX 275 896mb
Viewsonic VX2260WM Monitor
Corsair HX 850W PSU
Sony BHLR001A0 2x Blu-Ray Drive
1x Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive
Arctic Cooling MX-3 Paste
CoolIT Domino A.L.C.

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Forceware 197.13
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX10
SiSoft Sandra Pro Business
Photoshop CS4
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Adobe Media Encoder
Easy CD-DA
GTA IV
Half-Life 2

PowerDVD 9.0
CoreAVC (Codeck Pack)
Everest Ultimate
Fraps

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. Occasionally we might throw in a time demo as a further comparison, but we will note it.

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