Our test system was set up with a fresh install of Windows 7 64 Ultimate Edition with the latest Windows Updates. Video card drivers for the AMD Radeon HD 6950 were Catalyst 10.12.
The Intel DP67BG motherboard had BIOS BGP6710J.86A.1815 which is the latest from Intel.
The Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 2x4GB memory kit has an XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) of 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 2t and this was the XMP that was used for all 1600MHz testing regardless of CPU speed. The default speed Core i7 2600K used 1333MHz 9-9-9-24 1t timings.
Intel Sandy Bridge Test Bench
|Processor||Intel Core i7 2600K||Live Pricing|
|Motherboard||Intel DP67BG||Live Pricing|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz||Live Pricing|
|Hard Drive||Intel X-25E SSD||Live Pricing|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon HD6950||Live Pricing|
|CPU cooler||Corsair H50||Live Pricing|
|Chassis||None – Open Bench|
|Power Supply||Corsair TX750||Live Pricing|