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Testbed Configuration and Testing Methodology

Simultaneous testing of a large number of processors is a pretty complicated task that not only takes a lot of time and effort, but also requires access to dozens of different processor models at the same time. Therefore, most results databases available online are either updated over a large period of time, which causes the testbed configuration, drivers and applications versions to change accordingly, or have the results obtained on the same old platform that hasn’t been updated for a while. We did our best to avoid any of these problems – all our tests are current and have been performed at the same time for all CPUs. We used only the latest hardware components with the most recent BIOS and driver versions as well as the operating system with all available updates.

Here is the list of hardware and software components we used for our today’s test session:

  • Processors:
    • AMD Athlon II X4 640 (Propus, 4 cores, 3.0 GHz, 2 MB L2);
    • AMD Athlon II X4 645 (Propus, 4 cores, 3.1 GHz, 2 MB L2);
    • AMD Phenom II X2 560 (Callisto, 2 cores, 3.3 GHz, 6 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom II X4 955 (Deneb, 4 cores, 3.2 GHz, 6 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom II X4 965 (Deneb, 4 cores, 3.4 GHz, 6 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom II X4 970 (Deneb, 4 cores, 3.5 GHz, 6 MB L3);
    • AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (Thuban, 6 cores, 2.8 GHz, 6 MB L3);
    • Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 2.93 GHz, 3 MB L2);
    • Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 3.06 GHz, 3 MB L2);
    • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 3.0 GHz, 6 MB L2);
    • Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 3.16 GHz, 6 MB L2);
    • Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 (Yorkfield, 4 cores, 2.66 GHz, 4 MB L2);
    • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9500 (Yorkfield, 4 cores, 2.83 GHz, 4 MB L2);
    • Intel Core i3-530 (Clarkdale, 2 cores, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i3-550 (Clarkdale, 2 cores, 3.2 GHz, 4 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i3-560 (Clarkdale, 2 cores, 3.33 GHz, 4 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i5-650 (Clarkdale, 2 cores, 3.2 GHz, 4 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i5-660 (Clarkdale, 2 cores, 3.33 GHz, 4 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i5-750 (Lynnfiled, 4 cores, 2.66 GHz, 8 MB L3).
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (Socket AM3, AMD 890FX + SB850, DDR3 SDRAM);
    • ASUS P5Q3 (LGA775, Intel P45 Express, DDR3 SDRAM)
    • ASUS P7P55D Premium (LGA1156, Intel P55 Express);
  • Memory: 2 x 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM (Kingston KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX):
    • DDR3-1067 7-7-7-21 with Core 2 Duo E7500 and Core 2 Duo E7600 CPUs;
    • DDR3-1333 9-9-9-27 with Core 2 Duo E8400, Core 2 Duo E8500, Core 2 Quad Q8400, Core 2 Quad Q9500, Core i3-530, Core i3-550, Core i3-560, Core i5-650, Core i5-660 and Core i5-750 CPUs;
    • DDR3-1600 9-9-9-27 with Athlon II X4 640, Athlon II X4 645, Phenom II X2 560, Phenom II X4 955, Phenom II X4 965, Phenom II X4 970 and Phenom II X6 1055T CPUs.
  • Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 5870.
  • Hard drive: Kingston SNVP325-S2/128GB.
  • Power supply unit: Tagan TG880-U33II (880 W).
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
  • Drivers:
    • Intel Chipset Driver 9.1.1.1025;
    • ATI Catalyst 10.9 Display Driver.
 
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