Testbed and Methods
We decided to go with processors of almost the same price and performance from AMD and Intel to build two similar platforms around AMD 785G and Intel 45G chipsets. We decided to use dual-core CPUs that are most often used for inexpensive systems. For the AMD platform we took the top dual-core Phenom II X2 550 processor, and for the Intel one – Core 2 Duo E7400 that performs on a similar level in tests and is selling at a very close price point of a little over $100.
Moreover, since Windows 7 operating system should start selling very soon, we decided to per4form all tests using this OS. Especially since all makers of the hardware components that we use are quite ready for the new OS launch and have full driver support for it already available.
As a result, our testbed were configured with the following hardware and software components:
- AMD Phenom II X2 550 (Callisto, 3.1 GHz, 2 x 512 KB L2, 6 MB L3);
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (Wolfdale, 2.8 GHz, 1067 MHz FSB, 3 MB L2).
- Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H (Socket AM2+, AMD 785G + SB710, DDR2 SDRAM);
- Gigabyte GA-EG45M-UD2H (LGA775, Intel G45 Express, DDR2 SDRAM).
- Memory: 2 x 2 GB, DDR2-800 SDRAM, 5-5-5-15 (GEIL GX24GB8500C5UDC).
- HDD: Western Digital WD3000HLFS.
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 x64 RTM.
- ATI Catalyst 9.8 Display Driver;
- Intel Graphics Driver 126.96.36.1998.