Testing

To test the Sandy Bridge CPUs we used the Asus P8P67 motherboard, which we'll review separately soon. To test the AMD CPUs we used the Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard which is an excellent overclocker and is based on the AMD 890FX chipset. This is a more expensive motherboard than the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H that we used for the Intel LGA1156 CPUs but both boards allowed us to get the maximum performance from the CPUs on test. Our LGA 1366 test board is the awesome Asus P6TD Deluxe which again is a full ATX board.

Intel Sandy Bridge Review Sandy Bridge Test Setup

Test Setup

Software

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, as this is the most flexible and reliable 64-bit OS for testing the applications above.

Test Hardware


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