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Test System & General Performance

Core i7 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (LGA1366)
- x3 2GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill (CAS 9-9-9-20)
- MSI X58 Pro-E (Intel X58)
- ASUS P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 182.50

Phenom Test System Specs
- AMD Phenom II X4 955 (AM3)

- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR2-1066 (CAS 5-5-5-15)
- ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe (AMD 790FX)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 182.50

First in line is a quick check of SATA and LAN performance and as you can see everything appears to be in order. The PCmark Vantage hard drive performance reveals typical performance, as did the CrystalDiskMark test.

Finally the SiSoftware Sandra 2009 network performance test also shows the X58 Pro-E delivering strong performance, with a throughput of at least 77MB/s.