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Test System And Benchmarks

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Test System Configuration
CPU

AMD Athlon X2 7750 (2.7 GHz, 3MB cache)
AMD Athlon X2 7850
(2.8 GHz, 3MB cache)
AMD Athlon II X2 250
(3 GHz, 2MB cache)
AMD Phenom II X3 710
(2.6 GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
AMD Phenom II X4 945
(3 GHz, 6MB L3 cache)
AMD Phenom II X4 955
(3.2 GHz, 6MB L3 cache)

Motherboard

AMD790GX:

Biostar TA790GX 128M
Gigabyte GA-MA790GP DS4H
Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-UD4H
Biostar TA790GX A3+

RAM
Kingston KHX8500D2K2/2G PC1066 (4GB) at DDR2-800 CAS 5-5-5-16
Graphics
ATI Radeon HD 3300 (AMD790GX), 500 MHz GPU
Hard Drive
Western Digital Green Power 1TB WD10EACS (AHCI mode), 16MB cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Sound
Onboard Sound, Realtek ALC880
Networking
Onboard Gigabit Ethernet, Realtek RTC8111C, 1 Gbps
Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 watt ATX12V v.2.2, EPS 12V CrossFire Edition
Enermax Tomahawk 405W ATX 12V
CPU Cooler
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme, Noctua NF-P12 120 mm fan
Fans
2 x Noctua NF-P12 120 mm fan (not including CPU fan)
Software
Operating System
Windows Vista Home Edition 32 bit SP1
Graphics
AMD Catalyst 9.5
Benchmark Configuration
Audio Encoding

RealPlayer: Version 11.0.1, Audio CD “The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)” 54:13. Default Format: AAC 320 kbps.

iTunes: Version 8.1.1.10, Audio CD “The Phantom of the Opera (Original 1986 London Cast)” 54:13. Default Format: AAC 256 kbps.

Video Encoding

DivX: Version 6.8.5, Video Trailer “Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time” 2:20, 1080p. Encoding Mode: Insane Quality. Enhanced Multithreading: Enabled. Experimental SSE4 full search: Enabled using SSE2. Quality: 10. Rate Control: 1 pass, quality based. Fixed quantizer: 1

Xvid: Version 1.2.1, Video Trailer “Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time” 2:20, 1080p. Profile: Unrestricted. Encoding Type: single pass, quality based. Target quantizer: 1

Windows Media Encoder 9: Version 9.00.00.2980, Video Trailer “Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time” 2:20, 1080p. Profile: High Definition Video/Audio. Encoding Type: two pass. Video Bitrate: 5.3 Mbps.

Video Playback

Cyberlink PowerDVD 9: Version 9.0.1530.0, Video Trailer “Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time” 2:20, 1080p. Hardware Acceleration: Enabled.

Media Player Classic Homecinema: Version 1.2.908, Video Trailer “Nine Inch Nails: Beside You In Time” 2:20, 1080p. Using Internal MPC decoder. DXVA/Hardware Acceleration (for H.264): Enabled.

Productivity

WinRAR 3.80: Version 3.8, compressing a 656 MB folder and decompressing the archive.

POV-Ray: Version 3.6.1c, built in benchmark.

Adobe Photoshop CS4: Version 11.0, Driverheaven.net Photoshop Benchmark script Version 3 (http://www.driverheaven.net/photoshop.php).

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 2001 SE
Built 330, All Game Tests.
3DMark Vantage
Build 1.0.1, CPU Tests AI & PhysX.
Super Pi
SuperPi 1.5 XS mod, 1M & 8M.
Cinebench R10
Version 10, All Tests – OpenGL, Single and Multi core/processor Rendering Test.
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