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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

The hard drive and network performance of the Asus Crosshair III Formula are up to standard with the results matching that of the Intel Core i7 965 test system.

Please note that the Core i7 965 is also the only test system to feature dual network controllers and therefore there are two separate SiSoftware Sandra 2009 results.