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Test System Specs & Memory Performance

FM1 Test System Specs
- AMD A8-3850 (2.9GHz)
- AMD A6-3650 (2.6GHz)
- x2 4GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20)
- Asrock A75M-ITX (A75)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB)
- OCZ ZX Series 850w
- Crucial m4 256GB
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- AMD Catalyst 11.8
- Nvidia Forceware 280.26

LGA1155 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7-2600K (3.30GHz)
- Intel Core i3-2120 (3.30GHz)
- x2 4GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20)
- Asrock Z68 Extreme4 (Intel Z68)
- Asrock Z68M-ITX/HT (Intel Z68)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB)
- OCZ ZX Series 850w
- Crucial m4 256GB
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 15.22.50.2509 - Nvidia Forceware 280.26

AM3 Test System Specs
- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (3.30GHz)
- x2 4GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20)
- Asus Crosshair IV Extreme (AMD 890FX)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 SOC (1536MB)
- OCZ ZX Series 850w
- Crucial m4 256GB
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Nvidia Forceware 280.26

The Asrock Z68M-ITX/HT and Core i3-2120 delivered nearly as much bandwidth as the i7-2600K configuration. Although Asrock's A75-based setups were well behind Intel's platform, they did outpace the 890FX board with a Phenom II X6 1100T.

We witnessed a similar separation in the next test, as the i3-2120 and Z68M-ITX/HT's L2 cache performance was almost three times greater than the A8-3850 and A75M-ITX.