Test System Setup
We would like to thank ASUS, NZXT, SanDisk, Noctua, NVIDIA, SPEC and Kingston for their support in providing parts for our test system.
In our tests, we used the same memory and video card that we have used in other tests. The NVIDIA Quadro K5000 is a strong video card for workstations. The Kingston memory kit we used is not an enthusiast type kit, but they perform very well on our workstation tests.
This is the CPUz screen showing the overclock and stats for the Intel 4770K that we will use in our tests.
We will also compare results from the ASUS P9D-WS motherboard with an Intel 4771, locked CPU as they are very close in performance at stock speeds. The results will show the benefits of using unlocked CPU vs. a locked CPU.
We also installed Windows 8.1 for our tests. More and more we are seeing people move to the new windows OS so we will be using this from now on.