The most important question we had to answer was whether or not the i7-875K could provide a compelling reason to own a top end LGA 1156 setup. To answer this question we put our three test CPUs through their paces with our CPU test suite, using our standard CPU test components.
For the X6 1090T we used the brand new Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard
which is based on the new AMD 890FX chipset. This is a more expensive motherboard than the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H
that we used for the i7-875K, but both boards are excellent overclockers and allowed us to get the maximum performance from the CPUs on test. For the LGA 1366 i7-930 we used our standard Asus P6TD Deluxe
board which is also an excellent overclocker.
Here 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.
Our standard LGA 1156 test equipment. Click to enlarge.