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Intel Core i5 2500k Test System

Before I jump into the games we tested, let’s go over what we are using in our test system. Our tests were done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 and our benchmarks were performed with no other background software running. 

Our AMD Graphics cards were tested using Catalyst 12.6 beta drivers and our Nvidia cards are tested using GeForce 301.24 WHQL drivers. 
Intel Core i5 2500k Test System
Intel Core i5 2500k Test Specs 
The Intel P67 platform that we used in our testing is an Asus P67 Sabertooth, running on BIOS 2302. Our Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz memory kit is set at 1600MHz with timings of 8-8-8-24 1T using 1.5v. Our Crucial C300 64GB SSD is running on firmware version 0007. 
Intel Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Pricing
Processor Intel Core i5-2500K Click Here
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth P67 Click Here
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Click Here
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Click Here
Storage Drive OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD Click Here
Power Supply BFG Technologies EX-1000 Click Here
Chassis Cooler Master HAF 932 Click Here
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit) Click Here
Graphics Cards Tested: 
  • EVGA GTX 470 1280mb – 608MHz/1215MHz/1675MHz 
  • Asus Radeon 6950 2GB – 800MHz/1250MHz 
  • XFX Radeon 7850 Black Edition – 975MHz/1250MHz
  • XFX Radeon 7870 Black Edition – 1050MHz/1250MHz 
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