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Test System Specs And Setup

Web Browser Grand Prix 3: IE9 Enters The Race
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Test System Specs

WBGP3 marks the first time this series will be hosted on the new Core i5 cross-platform test system. Like every OS on the this test system, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit resides on its own 500 GB 7200.12 Seagate Barracuda HDD. As usual, the OS is freshly installed and fully updated just prior to testing (03/14/11).

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate(64-bit)
Processor
Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.8 GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD7 (F7 BIOS)
Memory
8 GB Crucial DDR3 @ 1333 MT/s (2 x 4 GB)
Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 4870 Reference Board 512 GB GDDR5 (PCIe 2.0)
Storage
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache
Optical
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Power Supply
Corsair TX750W (750 W Max)
Chassis
Zalman MS1000-HS2
CPU Cooler
Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B


Setup

The table below shows the five Web browsers entered into WBGP3:

Browser
Version
Chrome
10.0.648.134
Firefox
3.6.15
Internet Explorer
9
Opera
11.01 (build 1190) 51
Safari
5.04 (7533.20.27)


This table lists all the extra software installed onto the test system:

Other Software
Version
Adobe Flash
10.2
Microsoft Silverlight
4.0.60129.0
Oracle Java
6 Update 24 (build 1.6.0_24-b07)
AMD Radeon HD 4800 Series
8.821.0.0


In previous versions of the Web Browser Grand Prix, the Web sites used in our page load time tests were stored locally on the test system's hard drive. This time around, we set up a local LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) Web server to host the saved sites. The table below lists the system specs of the local Web server:

Operating System
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition "Lucid Lynx" (32-bit)
Processor
AMD Athlon @ 1150 MHz
Motherboard
Soyo Dragon Platinum
Memory
512 MB DDR
Graphics
AMD Radeon 9550, 256 MB GDDR
Storage
40 GB Western Digital HDD WD400BB
Optical
Samsung DVD-ROM SD-616T
Additional Packages
Apache2, MySQL Client, MySQL Server, PHP5, PHP-GD, PHP5-MySQL, PHPMyAdmin, SSH
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