How We Tested
During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only variable was the processor being tested and the motherboard, as socket AM2 CPUs require a new motherboard.
- Socket 939 Motherboard: MSI K8N Diamond Plus (BIOS 1.12, December 22nd, 2005).
- Socket AM2 Motherboard: ASUS M2N32-SLI De Luxe
- Memory: Two Corsair CMX1024-3500LLPRO modules with 1 GB each, installed on DDR Dual Channel configuration (2-3-2-6 timings) with socket 939 CPUs.
- Memory: Four Corsair CM2X512-8500 modules with 512 MB each, installed on DDR2 Dual Channel configuration (using 4-4-4-12 timings) with socket AM2 CPUs.
- Hard Drive: Maxtor DiamondMax 9 Plus (7,200 rpm, 40 GB, ATA-133).
- Video Card: XFX GeForce 7800 GTX.
- Video resolution: [email protected]
- Power Supply: OCZ ModStream 520 W.
- Windows XP Professional installed using NTFS
- Service Pack 2
- DirectX 9.0c
- NVIDIA video driver version: 84.21
- NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI X16 driver version: 7.15
- All motherboard drivers were installed
- SYSmark2004 – Patch 2
- PCMark05 Professional 1.1.0
- Cinebench 9.5
- 3DMark06 Professional 1.0.2
- Quake 4 – Patch 1.2
- Sandra Lite 2007a 10.98.6.x
We adopted a 3% error margin; thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.