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Testbed Configuration

All performance tests were run on the following test platform:

  • Biostar TP67XE ver.5.0 mainboard (LGA1155, Intel P67 Express, BIOS version P67AF118);
  • Intel Core i5-2500K CPU (3.3 GHz, Sandy Bridge, LGA1155);
  • 2 x 2048 MB Patriot Extreme Performance Viper II Sector 5 Series PC3-16000 DDR3 SDRAM, PVV34G2000LLKB (2,000 MHz, 8-8-8-24 timings, 1.65 V voltage);
  • HIS HD 5850, H585F1GDG graphics card (ATI Radeon HD 5850, Cypress, 40 nm, 725/4000 MHz, 256-bit GDDR5 1024 MB);
  • Kingston SSD Now V+ Series (SNVP325-S2, 128 GB);
  • Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B (SCMG-2100) CPU cooler;
  • Zalman CSL 850 thermal interface;
  • Cooler Master RealPower M850 PSU (RS-850-ESBA);
  • Open testbed built using Antec Skeleton system case.

We used Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit (Microsoft Windows, Version 6.1, Build 7601: Service Pack 1) operating system, Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility version 9.2.0.1025, ATI Catalyst 11.2 graphics card driver.

Proprietary Utilities

The assembly process was nice and smooth and the power-up didn’t reveal any issues. Although we immediately noticed that the LEDs, which should indicate the number of active phases in the processor voltage regulator circuitry do not work the way they were supposed to. They were all lit up all the time, even when the Green Power Utility reduced the number of phases to only two.

You may notice that the appearance and functionality of this program haven’t changed over the past years. And unfortunately, the same is true for the rest f the Biostar’s brand name software. There is only the latest BIOS updating utility available on Biostar TP67XE product page, but it also looks exactly the same as a few years ago.

All other programs were taken from the provided CD disk. All of them were old versions from last year. The only program that changed its appearance was T-Overclocker, but in this case it was a change for the worse. Some time ago we came across a promising little tool, which was not free from a few drawbacks, but at the same time was very functional and easy to work with.

Now it turned into a gloomy utility that sports very unappealing looks and is hardly useful. The startup screen will display the basic info about your system CPU and mainboard:

 

The next section will briefly describe the installed memory modules:

 

“OC Tweaker” section allows changing voltages and frequencies, or selecting one of the preset overclocking modes. You can’t really overclock in the full meaning of this word, because you can’t adjust the CPU clock frequency multiplier, and it is the primary overclocking approach to Sandy Bridge.

The only section that can actually come in handy at some point is the one that monitors current voltages, fan rotation speeds and temperatures, unless you have a better program for system parameters monitoring available to you.

 
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