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Test Setup And Configurations

Corsair TWIN2X2048-9136C5D

Since we have two different platforms, we needed to use two processors that have similar overall performance. For the AMD based platform we used a dual-core Athlon 64 X2 5200+ (2.61 GHz). We used an Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz) for the other. While the clock frequencies are different, the performance is about the same. Please check our CPU charts if you like more clarity on their individual performances.

Other than the motherboard and processor, everything else was identical during the testing. We used 2 GB of Corsair TWIN2X2048-9136C5D, which is capable of operating at 1142 MHz but we left the chipset to run at the default frequency of 800 MHz. We loaded the operating system onto the Western Digital 150 GB Raptor WD1500ADFD, which also served as a storage drive. We used the Xbox 360 HD DVD player for video playback. See the chart below for additional details.

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System Hardware
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe2.13 GHz, 1,066 MHz FSB, 32kB+32kB L1 , 4 MB L2AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor2.6 GHz, 2.0 GHz HT, 128kB+128kB L1 , 2x1 MB L2
PlatformIntel Platform :Asus P5B-VM, LGA 775Intel G965 Express Chipset, Intel X3000 IGPAMD Platform :Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H, Socket AM2AMD 690G Chipset, ATI Radeon Express 1250
RAMCorsair CM2X1024-9136C5D2x 1024 MB DDR2 (CL5-5-5-15)
Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 rpm, 16 MB cache, SATA150
NetworkingIntel 82573E/82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Intel)Realtek Gigabit Ethernet (AMD)
Power SupplyTopPower Powertrain 900W
CPU CoolerZalman CNPS9700 LED
Graphics CardsATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 256 MB GDDR240 Stream Processors525 MHz Core800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)MSI GeForce 8500 GT (TD256E) 256 MB GDDR216 Stream Processors450 MHz Core800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX VersionDirectX 9.0c
Graphics Driver(s)ATI - Catalyst 7.9 (WHQL)NVIDIA - Forceware 162.18 (WHQL)