Articles: CPU
 

Bookmark and Share

(0) 
Pages: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 ]

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.

Since this article is part of a large performance analysis of contemporary processors, do not be surprised that all hardware components used for our testbeds, except for the CPUs, are hardly from the value segment. However, when it comes to CPU performance, it is not that important, really: all benchmarks emulate situations when the CPU and not any other components becomes the system bottleneck. Otherwise, testing like that would make absolutely no sense.

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

  • Processors:
    • AMD Sempron 145 (Sargas, 1 core, 2.8 GHz, 1 MB L2);
    • AMD Athlon II X2 220 (Regor, 2 cores, 2.8 GHz, 1 MB L2);
    • AMD Athlon II X2 255 (Regor, 2 cores, 3.1 GHz, 2 MB L2);
    • AMD Athlon II X2 260 (Regor, 2 cores, 3.2 GHz, 2 MB L2);
    • AMD Athlon II X2 265 (Regor, 2 cores, 3.3 GHz, 2 MB L2);
    • AMD Athlon II X3 445 (Rana, 3 cores, 3.1 GHz, 1.5 MB L2);
    • AMD Athlon II X3 450 (Rana, 3 cores, 3.2 GHz, 1.5 MB L2);
    • AMD Phenom II X2 555 (Callisto, 2 cores, 3.2 GHz, 6 MB L3);
    • Intel Celeron E3400 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 2.6 GHz, 200 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2);
    • Intel Celeron E3500 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 2.7 GHz, 200 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2);
    • Intel Pentium E5700 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 3.0 GHz, 200 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2);
    • Intel Pentium E6500 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 2.93 GHz, 266 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2);
    • Intel Pentium E6700 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 3.2 GHz, 266 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2);
    • Intel Pentium E6800 (Wolfdale, 2 cores, 3.33 GHz, 266 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2);
    • Intel Pentium G6950 (Clarkdale, 2 cores, 2.8 GHz, 3 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):
    • DDR3-800 5-5-5-15 with Intel Celeron E3000 and Intel Pentium E5000 CPUs;
    • DDR3-1067 7-7-7-21 with Intel Pentium E6000 and Intel Pentium G6950 CPUs;
    • DDR3-1333 9-9-9-27 with all AMD 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.
 
Pages: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 ]

Discussion

Comments currently: 0

Add your Comment