Test Setup And Benchmarks
|Test System Configuration|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge): LGA 1155, 3.40 GHz, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache Overclocked to 4 GHz at 1.25 V, 40x Turbo Boost, EIST/C1E Enabled|
|Motherboard||Asus P8P67 Deluxe, BIOS 1502 (03/02/2011): Intel P67 Express, LGA 1155|
|RAM||Kingston KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX: 8 GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-27|
|Hard Drive||Samsung 470 Series MZ5PA256HMDR, 256 GB SSD|
|Sound||Integrated HD Audio|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Networking|
|Power||Seasonic X760 SS-760KM: ATX12V v2.3, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64|
|Graphics||AMD Catalyst 11.8|
|Chipset||Intel INF 126.96.36.1999|
AMD’s reference Radeon HD 6950 2 GB sets the performance standard for comparing less-expensive 1 GB cards. This pacesetter remains at the bottom of our charts, while 1 GB competitors are arranged in order of performance.
Keeping a graphics test honest requires the minimization of performance-hindering influences from the rest of the system. We started by overclocking our CPU to 4.0 GHz, then adding Samsung’s super-fast SSD.
While older games often suffer from latencies higher than CAS 9 at DDR3-1600, those bottlenecks only occur during moderate graphics loads. The graphically-intense settings of today’s comparison shift the bottlenecks back towards our tested GPUs. Setting the baseline for “better than adequate” is Kingston’s 8 GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 dual-channel kit.
Seasonic’s X760 power supply became a member of our standardized hardware set by offering excellent efficiency, modular cables, and a solid reputation for reliability. Today, its 80 PLUS Gold efficiency aids in a more accurate assessment of system power consumption.
|Aliens vs. Predator||AvP Benchmark Version Test Set 1: Highest Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Quality, 4x AA|
|F1 2010||v1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml Test Set 1: Ultra Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra Quality, 4x AA|
|H.A.W.X. 2||H.A.W.X. 2 Benchmark Version b_v1.04 Test Set 1: Highest Settings, Tesselation On, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Settings, Tesselation On, 4x AA|
|Just Cause 2||Version 188.8.131.52, Built-In Benchmark "Concrete Jungle" Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA, 16x AF Test Set 2: Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF|
|Lost Planet 2||Lost Planet 2 Benchmark Version 184.108.40.206 Test Set 1: Highest Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Quality, 4x MSAA|
|Metro 2033||Full Game, Built-In Benchmark v1.02, "Frontline" Scene Test Set 1: DX11, Medium, AAA, 4x AF, No PhysX, No DoF Test Set 2: DX11, Medium, 4x AA, 16x AF, No PhysX, No DoF|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|3DMark 11||Version: 220.127.116.11, Benchmark Only|