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How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only variables were the motherboard being tested and the addition or removal of a “real” video card (a Sapphire Radeon HD 3450 with a 64-bit memory interface).

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • NTFS
  • Video resolution: 1440×900 75 Hz

Driver Versions

  • NVIDIA chipset driver: 15.37
  • NVIDIA video driver: 190.38
  • AMD chipset/video driver: 8.700
  • Audio driver: v7500F

Used Software

Error Margin

We adopted a 3% error margin; thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.

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Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.