A small gallery for those who want to see the hardware before the tests. Nothing spectacular to see here, though.
(Click to enlargeTest setup
Test Methodology :
Massman's Review Hardware
|CPU||Intel Core i5 661|
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer
OCZ Freeze cooling paste
DFI LANparty BI 785G-M35
|Videocard||"see: cpu and mainboard section"|
|Memory|| 4x2GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz CL8-8-8-24 1.65V, v3.1|
|Storage||Western Digital WD3200KS|
|PSU|| Antec Truepower 1KW|
To test the performance, we used the following benchmarks.Cinebench 10: Single and Multi CPU
Lavalys Everest: Read, Write, Copy and Latency
PCMark05: System, CPU, Memory, Graphics and HDD subtest
Resident Evil 5: 1280x720x32bit, no quality
SuperPi 1M and 32M
Wprime 32M and 1024M
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit.
Next to that, we ran each configuration at two different settings: stock and overclocked to 3.8GHz. For the overclocked settings, we prefer to refer to the screenshots underneath showing the different test settings. Please note that we have optimised the Phenom II test setup in the overclocked test setting by increasing the IGP clock frequency and tuning the HT Link and NB frequency. All configurations are useable 24/7, so no extreme overclocking here.
Intel Core i5 661 configuration - Left: 3.40GHz (turbo), right: 3.80GHz
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For the stock comparison, we enabled turbo mode as this a feature of the Intel processor. Since this Intel mainboard offered little to no bios options to tune our configuration, we just increase the BCLK as high as possible. No alterations were performed to tune the memory or graphics processor subsystem. At the moment of testing, no GPU-Z was available that was able to correctly show the GPU specifications.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 configuration - Left: 3.20GHz, right: 3.80GHz
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As you can see, we have increase the GPU clock frequency to 800MHz in the overclocked test setting. Also, please make a note of the 1600CL8 8GB memory configuration: handling 8GB of memory isn't the most easy task to do, but both the mainboards as the memory itself gave us very little problems when tuning.