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Test Setup And Benchmarks

Eight 5.1- And 7.1-Channel Gaming Headsets, Reviewed

Our measurements are taken with a calibrated Apex 220 microphone, with phantom power supplied by a TubeMP preamp. The measurement software we’re using is TrueRTA Audio Ppectrum Analyzer level 4, found at

Test Hardware
Intel Core i7-920, overclocked to 3.6 GHz, 8 MB shared L3 cache, power-saving settings enabled, Turbo Boost disabled
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, Intel X58 Chipset
Kingston PC3-10700, 3 x 4 GB, at 688 MHz, CL 9-9-9-20-1T
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB cache, SATA 3Gb/s
Samsung 470 Series SSD 256 GB, SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics CardsSparkle GeForce GTX 580
Power Supply
Seasonic X760 SS-760KM: ATX12V v2.3, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
CPU Cooler
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Graphics Driver
GeForce: 290.53
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