Test System Configuration
|Test System Configuration|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge) 3.40 GHz, 8 MB L3 Cache O/C to 4.50 GHz (45 x 100 MHz), 1.35 V|
|CPU Cooler||Thermalright MUX-120 w/Zalman ZM-STG1 Paste|
|Motherboard||Asus P8P67 Deluxe, P67 Express IPCH, BIOS 1502 (03/02/2011)|
|RAM||Kingston KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (8 GB) DDR3-1600 CAS 9-9-9-27|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5 GB 700 MHz GPU, GDDR5-3696|
|Hard Drives||Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB, 7200 RPM, 64 MB CacheSamsung 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||Nvidia GeForce 270.61 WHQL|
|Chipset||Intel INF 126.96.36.1999|
Performance users usually prefer SSDs for their OS and frequently-used programs, yet those SSDs are rarely large enough to store all of the files a user wants to have on-hand. We added Seagate’s 2 TB Barracuda XT to Samsung’s 470-series 256 GB drive to address both performance and capacity needs.
Because Antec’s 2.5” mount was located in a manner that prevented any cable connection to the SSD, we were forced to load software on the slower HDD in today’s test.
Kingston’s 8 GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 kit provides adequate performance and good value among high-density modules.
Asus' P8P67 Deluxe holds our Core i7-2600K processor stable at 4.5 GHz, even under less-than-ideal thermal conditions.
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 480 supplies the two things a case review needs in mass quantity: heat and noise. Sparkle was kind enough to supply a sample.
|Prime95 v25.8||64-bit executable, Small FFTs, seven-threads|
|FurMark 1.6.5||Windowed Mode, 1920x1080, 4x AA, Stability Test Maximum temperature|
|RealTemp 3.40||Average of maximum core readings at full CPU load|
|Galaxy CM-140 SPL Meter||Tested at 1/4 m, corrected to 1 m (-12 dB), dBA weighting|