System Overview & Testing Procedures
Ok so we are ready to power the system on. When you first turn on the system you will more than likely have to activate Windows. After that you will be brought into the operating system and notice there is no bloatware. No extra software or crap you don’t need installed on your system. Let’s get into CPU-Z and see what’s under the hood.
The first thing that might catch your eye is the new Intel Core logo. This logo is used for all new Sandy Bridge processors. You can see this system has the Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz processor installed. Now you may be wondering why the Core Speed says 1605.2, this is because Intel’s SpeedStep is enabled. This means it will downclock the CPU when it is not being used. CyberPower has actually overclocked this system to 4.4GHz! They have the FSB set at 100 and the multiplier is at 44x.
As we said this system is running an EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 video card. Opening up GPU-Z we can see all the information on the card.
Opening up the Windows Experience you can see that most of the system ranks very high. The only thing that is really lacking is the primary hard disk.
For full systems we have a complete benchmarking and testing suite that includes quite a few different programs. We have listed everything below and organized them into sections.
SiSoftware Sandra 2011 (download)
- Processor Arithmetic Benchmark
- Processor Multi-Media Benchmark
- Memory Bandwidth Benchmark
- Memory Latency Benchmark
- Physical Disks Benchmark
PCMark Vantage (download)
Super Pi (download)
Now on to testing!