We decided to use the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition processor for testing as it is perfectly matched to this high-end AMD board. We combined this with a Noctua C12P heatsink which provides more than ample cooling performance for this processor.
Motherboard: Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2x 2GB) DDR3
PSU: Corsair TX650W
Chassis: Corsair Graphite 600T
Graphics Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 470
Cooler: Noctua C12P
Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-3
Hard Drive: Corsair Force F40 40GB SSD
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Super Pi Mod 1.5
Cyberlink MediaEspresso 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2011
KitGuru Photoshop Benchmark 1(4)
Grand Theft Auto 4: EFLC
All the latest BIOS updates and WHQL drivers are used during testing. We perform under real world conditions, meaning KitGuru test all games across five closely matched runs and average out the results to get an accurate median figure.
For our tests, we decided to overclock the system using the ‘Auto OC’ functionality of Asus’ TurboV software. This achieved a reasonable overclock of 16%, taking the system from 3.20GHz to 3.80GHz by upping the base clock from 200MHz to 232Mhz, and leaving the multiplier at 16x.
The BIOS included with the motherboard is a standard affair, containing all the options we could possibly ask for. We have included the full set of BIOS screenshots below.