We chose the Asus M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard for our CPU benchmarks, as it supports both the new and old revisions of the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPUs that we will be testing. In addition, the integrated 785G graphics chipset will allow us to test power usage at the wall without a discrete graphics card present.
We're using a ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 cooler to give the CPU a little more overclocking headroom. It's a great heatsink and a good representation of the type of aftermarket cooler an enthusiast might pair the Phenom II X4 965 with.
|AMD Test System|
Phenom II X4 965 BE (3.4 GHz, 6MB shared L3 Cache)
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
|Networking||Onboard Gigabit LAN controller|
Integrated Radeon HD 4200
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
|Software and Drivers|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 x64|
|DirectX version||DirectX 11|
ATI Catalyst 9.9