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High-End Chipset Battle

Test Setup

Performance Benchmark Setup

CPUIntel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (65 nm, 3.0 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)
Nvidia nForce 790i SLIAsus Striker II Extreme, Rev.1.02G
NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI Ultra, BIOS: 0402
Intel X48Gigabyte X48T-DQ6, Rev. 1.0
Intel X48, BIOS: F7 (01/02/2007)
Memory2x 1GB DDR3-1066 Crucial BL12864BA1608.8SFB
HDDWestern Digital WD5000AAKS, 500 GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB cache
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics CardGigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU: 670 MHz
Memory: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)
Power SupplyCoolermaster, ATX 2.3, 850 Watt
Operating SystemWindows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
DirectX 10DirectX 10 (Vista default)
DirectX 9Version: April 2007
Graphics DriversATI Radeon 7.12
Intel Chipset DriversVersion 8.1.1.1010 (21/11/2006)
Intel Storage DriversMatrix Storage Manager 7.0.0.1020
Nvidia Chipset DriversnForce drivers 9.64
JavaJava Runtime Environment 6.0 Update 1

Storage Benchmark Setup

Benchmarks and Settings

x48 790i sli