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Test Specifications



AMD A6-3650 APU Quad Core 2.6GHz

AMD FX-6100 Black Edition Six-Core 3.3GHz


Gigabyte A75M-UD2H, BIOS version F5

Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7, BIOS version F8a


4 GB - 2x 2GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3-2133 CL9 @ DDR3-1866 CL9


Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro v2. Heat sink-Fan

AMD FX Liquid Cooling Solution


AMD HD7950 3GB – Sapphire Radeon HD7950 OC Edition @ 900/1250MHz.
Video Bios Version

Hard Disk Drive

KINGSTON HyperX SH100S3120G 120GB SATA 6Gbit/s Solid State Drive

Optical Drive



Cooler Master CM STORM Enforcer Mid Tower


FSP ‘Aurum Series’ AU-750M 750 Watts Power Supply


DELL Ultrasharp U2412M 24” LED backlit LCD Monitor

Operating System

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 64bit with latest updates as of Mar 2012 + AMD Bulldozer Hotfixes KB2645594 and KB2646060

Graphics Driver

AMD HD7900 ‘RC11’ Driver 8.921.2

Storage Driver



Intel 2nd Generation Core i7-3960X 3.3GHz Six-Core


INTEL Extreme Series Desktop Board DX79SI
SIX7910J.86A.0380.2011.1128.1456 BIOS


8 GB - 4x 2GB GEIL Value RAM DDR3-1333 CL9


INTEL ATS1000 Liquid Cooling Solution


AMD HD7970 3GB - AMD Radeon HD7970 Reference Card @ 925/1375MHz.
Video Bios Version

Hard Disk Drive

KINGSTON HyperX SH100S3120G 120GB SATA 6Gbit/s Solid State Drive

Optical Drive



ANTEC P280 Performance Medium Tower


ANTEC HCP-850 High Current Pro 850 Watts Power Supply


DELL Ultrasharp U2412M 24” LED backlit LCD Monitor

Operating System

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 64bit.  Latest updates as of Feb 2012.

Graphics Driver

AMD HD7970 Press Driver [Based on Catalyst 11.12]

Storage Driver

INTEL Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise


All software was updated to their latest versions at time of test.  For games, we list our settings below.

All game, web and professional graphics benchmarks conducted at 1920x1200 resolutions.  V-sync was disabled where possible.



Test Settings

Cyberlink MediaEspresso


Both Hardware Encoding and Decoding Enabled for GPU, disabled for CPU

Dirt2 /  Dirt 3

1.1 / 1.2

1920x1200, Ultra Pre-set, 4x MSAA

Trackmania Nations Forever


1920x1200, VHQ Pre-set, 4x AA 16x AF


Benchmark v1.04

1920x1200, Maximum details, 4x AA With Tessellation.  DirectX11 Mode.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Title Update 7

1920x1200, Maximum details, 16x AFX, Detail distances 50,50,100, Settings Override switch used to launch game

Just Cause 2


1920x1200, Maximum Details on NVIDIA, Maximum Details on AMD,   4x AA, 16x AF.

Deus Ex Human Revolution


1920x1200, MLAA, 16x AF, Soft Shadows, High SSAO, High DOF, Triple Buffering, Post Processing, Tessellation

Alien V Predator

Aliens vs. Predator D3D11 Benchmark V1.03

Texture Quality 3, Shadow Quality 3, Anisotropic 16, SSAO 1,  Tessellation 1, Advanced Shadows 1, MSAA 4

Lost Planet 2


1920x1200, Maximum Details Including Motion Blur, 4x AA.  DirectX 11 Mode.

Resident Evil 5


1920x1200, Maximum Details Including Motion Blur, 4x AA.  DirectX 10 mode

Street Fighter IV


1920x1200, Maximum Details except Ink,4x AA, 16x AF

World In Conflict

Demo 1.0

1920x1200, Maximum Details, 4x AA, 16x AF.  DirectX 10 Mode

SPEC viewperf

SPECviewperf 11

1920x1200 , 4x AA


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