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. In all cases, the benchmarks were run three times and until a consistent set of results were achieved and the data presented here are averages of those results.
- Sisoft Sandra 2009 SP1
- Lavalys Everest 4.6.1540
- Crysis v1.21
- Far Cry 2
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two
- PCMark Vantage x64
- WinRAR 3.71
- Paint.NET 3.20
- AutoMKV 0.97.1
- Cinebench 10 x64
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. AutoMKV: 0.97.1 includes a mix of multi and single threading, transcoding video from .VOB to x.264.
On the gaming front, we have introduced Far Cry 2
in addition to Crysis
and Half-Life 2: Episode Two
to give us a wide range of game engines that cover the latest, greatest and most popular corners of the PC gaming industry. The common ground of Windows Vista x64 with Service Pack 1 gives both the latest version of DirectX as well as 64-bit computing, which benefits a few applications as well as allowing us to address more than 4GB of system memory.
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB SATA II
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W
Memory: Corsair Dominator XMS2-8500 5-5-5-15, G.Skill Pi-series F3-12800Cl7D-4GBPI, Qimonda PC3-8500U-7-XX-A0
Drivers: Nvidia GeForce 178.13, Intel inf 188.8.131.521 and 184.108.40.2067
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium x64 SP1