Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Test Setup
To test the AMD chips we used the Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard
which is based on the AMD 890FX chipset. This is a more expensive motherboard than the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H
that we used for the Intel chips but both boards are excellent overclockers and allowed us to get the maximum performance from the CPUs on test.
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Below is a list of the applications we've used for our testing - most of them are available free for public consumption, although some are popular professional software applications.
We've used Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, as this is the most flexible and reliable 64-bit OS for testing the applications above.