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Intel Core i5-750 , I7 870 and P55

Intel Core i5-750 , I7 870 and P55

Test Methodology

Core 700/800 Series:
Core i5-750
Core i7-870
4x2gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24-2T
Maximus III Formula
GeForce GTX 295

Core 900 Series:
Core i7-920
Core i7-975 EE
3x2Gb Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600 8-8-8-24-2T
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
GeForce GTX 295

AMD System:
AMD Phenom 965 BE
4x2gb Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24-2T
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P
GeForce GTX 295
Core2 System:
Intel Core2 Quad X9770
Foxconn Black Ops X48
4x1Gb Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 8-8-8-24-2T
GeForce GTX 295

Additional Components:
Asus P7P55D Deluxe
Intel DP55KG
ECS P55H-A Black
2x 2GB G.Skill Trident DDR3-2000 (9-9-9-24 -2T)
2x 2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-2000 (9-9-9-24 -1T)
Intel Stock Heatsink/Fan
Cooler Master Hyper TX3
Thermalright MUX-120
Radeon 4870 X2
Samsung SyncMaster XL30
BFG EX-1200w PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray drive
D-Link Wireless N Dual Channel USB stick
1x Intel 80Gb X25-M SSD OS
3x WD Raptor Hard Drives (Games on RAID 0 Drives)
Arctic Cooling MX-3 Paste

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
Forceware 190.62
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
SiSoft Sandra Pro Business 2009 SP4
Photoshop CS4 – DH Photoshop Benchmark V3
Cinebench R10
Adobe Media Encoder
Fritz 11
Easy CD-DA
World In Conflict: Soviet Assault
Counter-Strike: Source
Lost Planet Colonies
CCCP (Codec Pack)
PowerDVD 9.0
Everest Ultimate

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.

Driver Heaven 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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Stuart Davidson

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