This is something we've been needing to do for a while, but we've finally moved out video card benchmarking machine over to Windows 10. I used Windows 7 throughout the release of Windows 8 and even Windows 8.1, as it seemed that most people weren't moving over to it, and I knew Windows 10 would be the OS to shift to.
So here we are, with our VGA benchmarking rig upgraded to Windows 10. I'm running the 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home, with the same hardware we were using before - except for a major upgrade on the storage side of things.
Our storage editor Jon sent me a 2TB SSD from Samsung because the game installs are getting out of control. I've got a handful of games that are over 50GB, and my 480GB SSD is feeling this pain. An upgrade to 2TB is absolutely awesome, something that I've needed for a while now.
Here's what our VGA benchmarking PC consists of now:
- Motherboard: ASUS Rampage V Extreme - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5960X - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Cooler: Corsair H110 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) HyperX Predator DDR4 3000MHz - Buy from Amazon
- Storage #1: SanDisk Extreme II 240GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage #2: Intel 730 Series 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage #3: Samsung 850 PRO 2TB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Lian Li PC-T80 Open-Air - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Drivers: NVIDIA GeForce 355.65 and AMD Catalyst 15.11.1
We've already got one review out using our new system, with our review of the ASUS Radeon R9 380X Strix tested under Windows 10. From here on out, all of our VGA and monitor content will be done using Windows 10, with my other machine (powered by the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 7 motherboard, and the Skylake-based Core i7-6700K processor) now updated to Windows 10. This machine is the PC I use to review all of our monitors on, as well as it being my workstation PC.
We will also be doing multi-monitor content using Windows 10 in the coming weeks and months, as I've rented an entire new house for my office, as my double garage feels like it's shrinking on me thanks to all of the hardware that I've got.
2016 is going to be a great year here at TweakTown!