The key objective for this review was seeing how the i5-655K stacks up against similarly priced i5-750 and the Phenom II X6 1055T. To do this we ran the CPUs though our suite of benchmark tests using our standard test components.
For the X6 1055T we used the brand new Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard
which is based on the new AMD 890FX chipset. This is a more expensive motherboard than the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H that we used for the Intel CPUs, but both boards are excellent overclockers and allowed us to get the maximum performance from the CPUs on test.
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.
We've used Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, as this is the most flexible and reliable 64-bit OS for testing the applications above.
Our standard Intel CPU test kit. Click to enlarge.