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- Ambient temperature was measured at 71°F (21°C) over the entire series
of tests. No tests were run unless the ambient temperature was at that reference
- The motherboard temperature sensors were calibrated using the method
laid out in the Silent PC Review Calibrate
Your CPU Temp Reporting article.
- The Operating System was a
Windows XP Pro, sp2 with all patches up to the test date.
- The board was run at default FSB and Vcore (1.312V, according to BIOS monitoring)
settings at first. Two instances of Prime 95 were run for 24 hours to burn in
the hardware and assure stability.
- Memtest86+ was also run for 24 hours to assure
the memory subsystem was working correctly.
- All temps were allowed to stabilize
for 30 minutes before measurements were recorded. Current draw was continuously
monitored and was recorded at initial boot, idle and 2 x CPUBurn load.
- Temps were measured at idle,
2 x Prime 95 load and 2 x CPUBurn load.
SiSoft Sandra 2005 benchmarks were run at this time to assure that things were
running as they should. We also tested the function of the various I/O ports
to verify that all were working correctly. No glitches were noted.
Super PI 1M for the overclockers among us.
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