|Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P DDR2 P45 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Bruce Normann - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 25 January 2009|
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At the start of all tests, the HDD (or SSD) is loaded with a fesh image of the OS, with standard VGA drivers. Then chipset drivers are loaded and any other drivers needed for the support hardware. Then a known good version of the video card drivers is installed, and all necessary security updates are installed. Finally, all the benchmarking applications are installed, and that's it. This is not your Father's PC, it doen't need Word, Excel and Powerpoint... Once the hardware is prepared and checked for stability, we begin our testing. With higher-end products we conduct tests at the following resolutions: 1280x1024 (19" Standard LCD), 1680x1050 (22-24" Widescreen LCD), and 1920x1200 (24-28" Widescreen LCD). In the high resolution tests we utilized widescreen monitor resolutions, since more users are beginning to feature these products for their own computing.
Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. This process is extremely important in the Crysis benchmarks, as the first run serves to cache maps, allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.
Our site polls and statistics indicate that the over 90% of our visitors use their PC for playing video games, and practically every one of you are using a screen resolutions mentioned above. Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, I feel that this battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Since most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, it was decided that DirectX 9 would be used for all tests until demand and software support improve for Windows Vista.
Note: I did all benchmark testing with the Intel ICH10R controller pushing the SSD and HDD around. I did some drive benchmarking between the Intel and JMicron controller, but that's for another article. Suffice it to say; if you are using an SSD, load the OS and programs on it, and hook it up to the ICH10R.