We use an Asus P8P67
motherboard to test Sandy Bridge CPUs, and an Asus Crosshair IV Formula
motherboard to test the AMD CPUs - an excellent overclocker that's based on the AMD 890FX chipset. This is a more expensive motherboard than the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H
that we used for the Intel LGA1156 CPUs, but both boards enabled us to get the maximum performance from the CPUs on test. Meanwhile, our LGA1366 test board is the awesome Asus P6TD Deluxe
, which again is a full-size ATX motherboard.
Below is a list of the applications we've used for our testing:
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.