To test the AMD processors we used the Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboard
which is based on the AMD 990FX chipset and Socket AM3+ CPU socket.
For the Intel LGA1155 processors, we used the Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
and for the LGA1336 processors, we used the Asus Sabertooth X58
. All three motherboards have proved to be excellent overclockers, and yet cost a reasonable amount, so are great options for everyday PCs running overclocked CPUs.
Below 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.
We've used Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1, as this is the most flexible and reliable 64-bit OS for testing the applications above.