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Hardware And Software Benchmark Setup

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Processors
Intel Core i7 @ 2.8 GHz (Bloomfield) 6.4 GT/s QPI, 8 MB L3 cache, power-saving settings disabled

Intel Core i5 @ 2.8 GHz (Lynnfield) 8 MB L3 cache, power-saving settings disabled

Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.83 GHz (Yorkfield) 12 MB L2 cache, power-saving settings disabled

AMD Phenom II X4 @ 2.8 GHz (Deneb) 6 MB L3 cache, power-saving settings disabled
Motherboards
Asus P7P55D Deluxe (LGA 1156) P55

Asus P6T (LGA 1366) X58/ICH10R

Gigabyte EP45-UD3P (LGA 775) P45/ICH10R

Asus M3A78-T (Socket AM2+) 790GX/SB750
Memory
Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 @ 1333, 7-7-7, 1.65 V

Corsair Dominator DDR2-1066 @ 1066, 5-5-5, 2.1 V
Graphics Cards
1x / 2x ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2 GB
Hard Drive
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300 GB 10,000 RPM SATA 3 Gb/s HDD
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition x64 Service Pack 1
DirectX
DirectX 10
Platform Driver
Intel INF Chipset Update Utility 9.1.0.1012
Graphics Driver
AMD Catalyst 9.6


Asus' P55-based P7P55D DeluxeAsus' P55-based P7P55D Deluxe

Asus sent over a near-final version of its P7P55D Deluxe motherboard, which we used in our performance evaluation here.

Benchmark Configuration
BenchmarkConfiguration
World in Conflict Very High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, Patch 1009, DirectX 10

Very High Quality Settings, 4x AA / 16x AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, Patch 1009, DirectX 10
Far Cry 2 High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, Steam Version

High Quality Settings, 4x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, Steam Version
CrysisHigh Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1900x1200/2560x1600, Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit Executable

High Quality Settings, 4x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1900x1200/2560x16000 Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit Executable
Left 4 Dead
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, Steam Version

Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA / 8x AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, Steam Version
Stalker: Clear Sky High Quality Setting, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, DirectX 10.1 lighting

High Quality Setting, 4x MSAA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, DirectX 10.1 lighting
3DMark Vantage Performance Default, High Quality, Extreme Quality
HAWX Highest Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, DirectX 10.1, Ambient Occlusion: High, Patch 1.2

Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA / No AF, vsync off, 1680x1050/1920x1200/2560x1600, DirectX 10.1, Ambient Occlusion: High, Patch 1.2
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