Test Setup And Benchmarks
Most PC speaker reviews are limited to subjective opinions. While those are quite useful, this is Tom’s Hardware. We’re going to try to go a little deeper than that with some objective measurements, too.
Our measurements are taken with a calibrated Apex 220 measurement microphone that has a phantom power supplied by TubeMP preamp. The measurement software we use is TrueRTA audio-spectrum analyzer level 4, found at www.trueaudio.com. Testing is done in a 25’x15’ room with the microphone pointed upward 30” from the satellites and subwoofer.
|Mini-ITX Half-Height Build|
|CPU||AMD Phenom II X4 705e2.5 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, 65 W TDP|
|Motherboard||Asus M4A88T-I Deluxe Socket AM3 Chipset: AMD 880G, BIOS 0410|
|Networking||Onboard Gigabit LAN controller|
|Memory||Mushkin PC3 10700 SO-DIMM 2 x 2048 MB, 1333 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-24-1T|
|Graphics||Radeon HD 5570650 MHz GPU, 512 MB DDR3 at 900 MHz|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 3Gb/s|
|Power||In-Win IP-AD120-2 160 W (included with case)|
|Audio||Realtek ALC889High-Definition Audio Codec|
|Software and Drivers|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 x64|
|DirectX version||DirectX 11|
|Graphics Drivers||AMD Catalyst 10.11|