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Testbed Configuration

Now that we have introduced to you the processors participating in our today’s test session, let’s check out the rest of the components used in our testbeds. The list below has them all:

  • Processors:
    • AMD A8-3850 (Llano, 4 cores, 2.9 GHz, 4 MB L2, Radeon HD 6550D);
    • AMD A8-3800 (Llano, 4 cores, 2.4/2.7 GHz, 4 MB L2, Radeon HD 6550D);
    • AMD A6-3650 (Llano, 4 cores, 2.6 GHz, 4 MB L2, Radeon HD 6530D);
    • AMD A6-3500 (Llano, 3 cores, 2.1/2.4 GHz, 3 MB L2, Radeon HD 6530D);
    • AMD A4-3400 (Llano, 2 cores, 2.7 GHz, 1 MB L2, Radeon HD 6410D);
    • AMD A4-3300 (Llano, 2 cores, 2.5 GHz, 1 MB L2, Radeon HD 6410D);
    • Intel Core i3-2130 (Sandy Bridge, 2 cores + HT, 3.4 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD Graphics 2000);
    • Intel Core i3-2125 (Sandy Bridge, 2 cores + HT, 3.3 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD Graphics 3000);
    • Intel Core i3-2120 (Sandy Bridge, 2 cores + HT, 3.3 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD Graphics 2000);
    • Intel Pentium G860 (Sandy Bridge, 2 cores, 3.0 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD Graphics);
    • Intel Pentium G840 (Sandy Bridge, 2 cores, 2.8 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD Graphics);
    • Intel Pentium G620 (Sandy Bridge, 2 cores, 2.6 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD Graphics).
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS P8Z68-V Pro (LGA1155, Intel Z68 Express);
    • Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H (Socket FM1, AMD A75).
  • Memory:  2 x 2 GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM 9-9-9-27-1T (Kingston KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX).
  • Storage drive: Kingston SNVP325-S2/128GB.
  • Power supply unit: Tagan TG880-U33II (880 W).
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64.
  • Drivers:
    • AMD Catalyst Display Driver 11.9;
    • AMD Chipset Driver 8.863;
    • Intel Chipset Driver 9.2.0.1030;
    • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver 15.22.50.64.2509;
    • Intel Management Engine Driver 7.1.10.1065;
    • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.5.0.1027.

Since the major goal of our today’s test session as to study the potential of contemporary processors with integrated graphics cores, we performed all tests without an external graphics accelerator installed. The integrated graphics cores were responsible for displaying the image on the monitor, 3D functions and HD video playback acceleration.

Note that since Intel graphics cores did not support DirectX 11, all graphics tests were performed in DirectX 9/DirectX 10 modes.

 
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