To test today we are using our long standing Core i7 970 system, which is overclocked. We have a variety of hardware benchmarked on this system this year which will make for an interesting market comparison.
Main Test System:
Processor: Core i7 970 @ 4.6ghz
Graphics: Club3D HD7870 Royal King 2GB (Catalyst 12.7 beta)
Cooling: Coolit Vantage
Motherboard: MSI X58A-GD65
Chassis: Thermaltake Level 10 GT
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
Memory: 6GB ADATA @ 2133mhz 9-10-9-32
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB Gen 2 SSD (Storage) / Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB (OS boot)
Monitor: Dell U3011.
KFA2 GTX680 LTD OC
MSI GTX 670 Power Edition OC
AMD Radeon HD7970 GHZ Edition
MSI R7950 Twin Frozr III 3GD5/OC
HD6990 (880 core)
Sapphire HD7770 Vapor X Overclock Edition
XFX HD7770 Black Edition S CFx
Sapphire HD7750 Ultimate Edition
Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Alien V Predator
Tom Clancy HAWX 2
Resident Evil 5
Far Cry 2
Total War: Shogun 2
Elder Scrolls V: SkyRim
All the latest BIOS updates and drivers are used during testing. We perform generally under real world conditions, meaning KitGuru tests games across five closely matched runs and then average out the results to get an accurate median figure. If we use scripted benchmarks, they are mentioned on the relevant page.
Some game descriptions are edited from Wikipedia.