Updated: Tom's Hardware December 2010 Charts

While our North American team is busy writing news and reviews of the latest CPUs, graphics cards, and motherboards, Tom’s Hardware’s lab in Germany keeps a constant stream of components on its test beds for the express purpose of updating our Charts section.

We’ve just completed an overhaul of several Charts pages, which you can use to not only compare the performance of a wide range of parts, but also temperatures, noise, and power consumption.


To begin, our CPU Charts have been updated for December 2010. New in this latest version are:

  • AMD Athlon II X4 645
  • AMD Phenom II X6 1075T

You’ll find the results of our performance testing (along with a performance index) in our 2010 Desktop CPU Charts.

Power Supplies

Newly added are PSU Charts, perfect for finding what you need to power your rig. Depending on where you are, you'll be looking at either the 120V or the 230V results.

Here are the PSU's that we've charted:

  • Antec EA-380D Green
  • Antec True Power New 750W
  • BeQuiet StraightPower 580W
  • Chieftec BPS-450S
  • Chieftec BPS-750C
  • Cooler Master GX 750
  • Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 700
  • Cooler Master Silent Pro M500
  • Coolermaster Silent Pro M800 Gold
  • Corsair AX850
  • Corsair CX400W
  • Cougar GX 800
  • Cougar SX S700
  • Enermax Modu 87+ 700W
  • Enermax PRO 82+ II
  • Enermax Pro 87+ 500W
  • FSP Everest 85Plus 500
  • FSP SAGA II 400
  • Huntkey Jumper 450B
  • Kingwin Lazer Gold LZG-1000
  • NZXT HALE90-750M
  • OCZ Fatality Champ 750W
  • Seasonic X-750
  • Seasonic X-Series 750W
  • SilverStone Strider ST50F-230
  • Sparkle SCC-750AF
  • Xigmatek NRP PC402

CPU Coolers

Check out our ever-growing list of , including:

  • Corsair H70
  • Larkooler BA-2241
  • Deepcool Ice Warrior
  • Glacialtech Alaska
  • Zalman CNPS9900 Max
  • Arctic Cooling Freezer 13
  • Xilence M606
  • DeepCool IceMatrix 400

The Cooler Chart is a work in progress, and we’ve slowly been adding models each month. For the most current iteration of what we have online, check out CPU Cooler Charts for 2010.

USB Thumb Drives

We’ve also added USB Thumb Drive Charts. Included, you’ll find:

  • Adata Classic C008
  • Silicon Power Unique 530

You’ll find the results of our performance testing in our USB Thumb Drive Charts.


Our third generation of SSD Charts includes many different products, representing flash controllers from several vendors. You can expect to find the following drives (and a number of variants) compared in fresh and used states employing synthetic tests, real-world metrics, power measurements, efficiency analysis, and a performance index:

  • ADATA Nobility N002 128GB
  • Corsair Force F160 160GB
  • Kingston SSDNow V 128GB
  • Kingston SSDNow V 30GB
  • Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB
  • Kingston-SSDNow-V+180 256GB
  • Mach Extreme MX-Jet Pro 128GB
  • Memoright FTM-25 240GB
  • Patriot Inferno 120GB
  • Samsung PM810 256GB
  • Zalman N-Series 128GB

For more on the results of our SSD testing, please check out the SSD Charts for 2010.


Processors, graphics cards, and SSDs are of course some of the most popular components folks look up on Tom’s Hardware. However, we also have a fairly extensive storage testing facility in Germany that runs through a lot of network-attached gear. We have different configurations (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10) tested in healthy and degraded states from the following vendors:

  • LaCie 5big Backup Server
  • LaCie 5big Storage Server

If you’re in the market for a NAS appliance, check out our Network-Attached Storage Charts.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • iam2thecrowe
    can you please add load tests, including max rated load, and ripple tests to the PSU charts. Otherwise they are just "PSU efficiency charts". Load testing is also important to put junk PSU's to shame when they dont deliver their rated power. I cant stress how important this is, as so many people still buy cheap PSU's and dont understand what is wrong with them. Even well known brands fail at this from time to time.
  • EXT64
    Charts are a great resource to point new buyers toward, so more the merrier (as long as they are good).
  • dogman_1234
    C'mon Sandy and Bulldozer!
  • cappster
    How about updated videocard charts? I would like the ability to compare crossfire/SLI with one card solutions as I am forever trying to get the best bang for my buck now and into the future.
  • dEAne
    Thank you very much tom, I need these.
  • agnickolov
    Please add Zalman PSUs.
  • damianrobertjones
    Thank you Toms... these charts are INVALUABLE sources of info and I've pointed people here MANY, many times.

  • CerianK
    Intel i5-760 is overdue for being added to the CPU charts (especially for those wanting to compare it to the i7-870 on budget motherboard configurations where gaming is not a primary consideration).
  • techmaniac
    Yet you still can't keep your GPU charts anywhere near current. The 68xx series have been out for over a month now without appearing on the charts. Sad.
  • adpth4
    20+ Added PSUs
    0 Added GPUs