Page 1:Cooling Comes Full Circle
Page 2:The Compressor Returns
Page 3:The Test Platform
Page 4:Cooler Express Installation, By-The-Book
Page 5:Insulation Installation
Page 6:Just Add...Water?
Page 7:Reworking The Installation
Page 8:Basic Overclocking
Page 9:Reaching The Goal
Page 10:Test Settings
Page 11:Benchmark Results: 3D Games
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 14:Benchmark Results: Synthetics
Page 15:Power And Efficiency
Page 16:Victory At Last?
The Test Platform
Intel’s Core i7-980X six-core processor requires an LGA 1366 motherboard with recent BIOS, and we just reviewed a few of those in May. Of the boards we evaluated, Gigabyte’s X58A-UD7 appeared to offer the best stability.
Testing the performance differences of a single processor at various speeds wouldn’t require fast RAM, but we used it anyway.
High-end graphics also would not be required, yet we didn’t want the system to appear slow in game benchmarks. Sapphire’s Radeon HD 5850 is more than adequate for producing playable frame rates in most games at high settings.
The Cooler Express startup guide suggested a motherboard installation height that almost perfectly matched our Danger Den Torture Rack 2 chassis. That’s a striking coincidence, since we were already using this chassis in a motherboard testing station.
Corsair’s reputable CMPSU-850HX was already installed on the Torture Rack 2 from its use in the motherboard testing station, and we knew this unit would provide far more power than our single CPU and graphics card would require.
- Cooling Comes Full Circle
- The Compressor Returns
- The Test Platform
- Cooler Express Installation, By-The-Book
- Insulation Installation
- Just Add...Water?
- Reworking The Installation
- Basic Overclocking
- Reaching The Goal
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3D Games
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power And Efficiency
- Victory At Last?