For this review we are using one of the fastest systems we have in our labs. The Intel Core i7 990x overclocked to 4.8ghz with 24GB of DDR3 memory, running at 1866mhz. This system is liquid cooled.
We test under real world conditions and don't focus at resolutions of just 2560×1600. We know only a very small portion (less than 1%) of the audience own a 30 inch screen.
System Validation is available here
Processor: Core i7 990X Extreme Edition @ 4.8ghz
Cooling: Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Black Edition
Chassis: Lian Li X2000F
Power Supply: ADATA 1200W
Memory: (6 x 4GB) 24GB Visiontek DDR3 1866mhz (10-10-10-24)
Storage: Intel 120GB SSD & 2TB Samsung storage drive
Monitors: Dell U3011 & Dell U2410 x 3.
Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Technical Monitoring and Test Equipment:
Nikon D3X with R1C1 kit.
Keithley Integra unit.
Calibrated power meter.
Raytek Laser Temp Gun 3i LSRC/MT4 Mini Temp.
Extech digital sound level meter & SkyTronic DSL 2 Digital Sound Level Meter.
Alien V Predator
Lost Planet 2
Resident Evil 5
Total War: Shogun 2
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.