Testing Procedures & General Testing
When you first turn on the system Windows 7 comes right up. You will probably need to activate Windows, which only takes a minute or so. Once you have done that you are ready to go. One thing I like about CyberPower systems is that there is no extra software installed. No trials of anything, no extra crap you do not need. If you want games pre-installed that you purchase with your system I’m sure they would do that, they have done it for me in the past. Let’s open un CPU-Z and see what’s under the hood.
As you can see the system is running an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, 4GB of memory running at 800MHz, that our motherboard is the Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 and of course our video card is a GeForce GTX 460. Opening up the Windows Experience Index and running it gives us very high scores, except for the primary hard disk category.
HDTune Pro (download)
SiSoftware Sandra (download)
– Processor Arithmetic Benchmark
– Processor Multi-Media Benchmark
– Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
– Memory Latency Benchmark
PCMark Vantage (download)
The first thing we always test on systems is how well the CPU cooler does. This system has an Asetek Liquid CPU cooling system. This system actually is quite common on custom builds. We used Prime95 to put full load on the CPU and recorded temperatures with SpeedFan.
Not bad, although I know many air-cooling systems that would have given us better results. Keep in mind though that the system is extremely quiet.
Another thing that I was very anxious to test was the hard drive. We have only tested one other SATA 6G hard drive and it was a solid state drive. We used HDTune to test the speed of the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM hard drive.
Pretty good results there, especially for a normal SATA drive!