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Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Review

Test Setup

Software

Here is a list of the applications we've used for our testing - most of them are available free for public consumption, although some are popular professional software applications.
Following demand from the bit-tech community, we have included 7-Zip as well as WinRAR in our benchmarks as it is another popular, free, file compression tool.

We've used Windows Vista 64-bit SP1, as this is the most flexible and reliable 64-bit OS for testing the applications above.

Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Review Test Setup

Hardware

It's impossible to construct a set of test kit that's common across LGA1366 and Socket AM3, but we have strived to keep as many components consistent as possible:

Common Hardware

  • Zotac GeForce GTX 280 graphics card (ForceWare 185,68)
  • 160GB Seagate Barracude 7200.9 hard disk
  • Antec TruePower Quattro 850W PSU

Intel LGA1366 (Core i7) Hardware

  • Asus P6T Deluxe
  • 6GB (3 x 2GB) OCZ Blade PC3-1600 memory (1,600MHz, CL7 DDR3)
  • Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366RT

AMD Socket AM3 (Phenom II, Athlon II) Hardware

  • MSI 790FX-GD70 motherboard
  • 4GB (2 x 2GB) Corsair XMS3-1600 memory (1,600MHz, CL9 DDR3)
  • Noctua NH-C12P modded with Sunon 120 x 38mm high-airflow fan