Test System Specs & Memory Performance

Core i7 (LGA1155) Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 2600K
- x2 4GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20)
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 (Intel Z68)
- Asrock Z68 Extreme4 (Intel Z68)
- OCZ ZX Series 1250w
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB (SATA 3Gb/s)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 240GB (SATA 3Gb/s)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB)
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Nvidia Forceware 275.33

Core i7 (LGA1366) Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7-960 (3.20GHz)
- x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20)
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper (Intel X58)
- OCZ ZX Series 1250w
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB (SATA 3Gb/s)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 240GB (SATA 3Gb/s)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Nvidia Forceware 275.33

AMD Phenom II X6 Test System Specs
- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (3.30GHz)
- x4 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20)
- Asus Crosshair IV (AMD 890FX)
- OCZ ZX Series 1250w
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB (SATA 3Gb/s)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 240GB (SATA 3Gb/s)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Nvidia Forceware 275.33

AMD A8-Series Test System Specs
- AMD A8-3850 (2.90GHz)
- x2 4GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20)
- Asrock A75 Pro4 (AMD A75)
- OCZ ZX Series 1250w
- Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB (SATA 3Gb/s)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 240GB (SATA 3Gb/s)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Nvidia Forceware 275.33


The Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 delivered strong memory performance in both the AIDA64 memory bandwidth and L2 cache performance tests, edging ahead of the Asrock Z68 Extreme4. Although it far outpaced the original X58-based G1.Sniper, that can mostly be attributed to the Core i7-2600K.