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Test Setup

High-End Chipset Battle

Performance Benchmark Setup

System Hardware
CPU Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (65 nm, 3.0 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache)
Nvidia nForce 790i SLI Asus Striker II Extreme, Rev.1.02G
NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI Ultra, BIOS: 0402
Intel X48 Gigabyte X48T-DQ6, Rev. 1.0
Intel X48, BIOS: F7 (01/02/2007)
Memory 2x 1GB DDR3-1066 Crucial BL12864BA1608.8SFB
HDD Western Digital WD5000AAKS, 500 GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 16 MB cache
DVD-ROM Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 3850 GV-RX385512H
GPU: 670 MHz
Memory: 512 MB DDR3 (830 MHz, 256 Bit)
Power Supply Coolermaster, ATX 2.3, 850 Watt

System Software & Drivers
Operating System Windows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
DirectX 10 DirectX 10 (Vista default)
DirectX 9 Version: April 2007
Graphics Drivers ATI Radeon 7.12
Intel Chipset Drivers Version (21/11/2006)
Intel Storage Drivers Matrix Storage Manager
Nvidia Chipset Drivers nForce drivers 9.64
Java Java Runtime Environment 6.0 Update 1

Storage Benchmark Setup

x48 790i sli

Benchmarks and Settings

x48 790i sli