The test system is as follows, with a focus on AMD primarily for the real-world applicability of this review.
AMD Phenom X4 9850 (Running @ 2.6GHz)
MSI K9A2 Platinum (AMD 790FX)
4GB (2×2GB) Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 (5-5-5-18)
The test system’s operating system is Windows Vista Ultimate x64 with all available Microsoft updates. ATI CATALYST 8.7 beta drivers are used on our test cards. NVIDIA Forceware 175.16 WHQL drivers are used on all GeForce graphics cards.