Discrete HTPC GPU Shootoutby Ganesh T S on June 12, 2011 10:30 PM EST
For the purpose of HTPC reviews (in particular, HQV benchmarking for discrete GPUs), we have set up a dedicated testbed with the following configuration.
|HTPC Benchmarking Testbed Setup|
|Processor||Intel i5-680 CPU - 3.60GHz, 4MB Cache|
|Motherboard||ASUS P7H55D-M EVO|
|OS Hard Drive||Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB|
|Secondary Drive||Kingston SSDNow 128GB|
|Memory||G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO CAS 7-7-7-21|
|Optical Drives||ASUS 8X Blu-ray Drive Model BC-08B1ST|
|Case||Antec VERIS Fusion Remote Max|
|Power Supply||Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Ultimate x64|
This is the same configuration that we had for evaluating the GT 430 last fall. Windows 7 was updated to SP1, but that has little bearing on our HTPC benchmarks.
Each hardware configuration has an associated OS image which was created / restored as necessary using Clonezilla. This ensures that we do not end up with conflicting drivers while evaluating GPUs from different companies on the same base testbed. Read on for the results from benchmarking the four candidates with the HQV clips