LAB TEST Ver­sion 2.6

HoW We Do iT

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST -

At HWM Malaysia, we place strong em­pha­sis on how we test prod­ucts that are de­liv­ered to us, while main­tain­ing a con­sumer­level of un­der­stand­ing by not be­ing over-tech­ni­cal in our re­views. To bal­ance a tech­ni­cal anal­y­sis yet easy-to-un­der­stand sum­mary is para­mount to what we do. We use a com­bi­na­tion of in­dus­try-stan­dard bench­mark­ing soft­ware tools, as well as real-life us­age sce­nar­ios, de­pend­ing on the prod­uct be­ing tested. We place more com­pre­hen­sive tests on com­put­ing-based prod­ucts in the Com­put­ers seg­ment of this Lab-Test sec­tion, since they are highly-tech­ni­cal com­po­nents that need keen an­a­lyz­ing pro­ce­dures to pro­cure an ac­cu­rate and re­li­able re­sult to base our com­ments on them.

In the CE seg­ment, less em­pha­sis is placed on the tech­ni­cal as­pects, but more im­por­tance is placed on the us­abil­ity and fea­tures, high­lights which are cru­cial to the tar­get mar­ket of this area. CE prod­ucts are re­viewed from the con­sumer point of view, and take into ac­count the han­dling of the prod­uct in your daily life needs.

Our Test Lab at HWM Malaysia

A ma­jor­ity of prod­uct test­ing is done in our two-storey lab. To keep things or­derly, we’ve di­vided the lab into sev­eral ar­eas where we test spe­cific prod­ucts. The first floor is where we take our prod­uct snap­shots, com­pile prod­ucts that are due for a re­view, and test the many tele­vi­sions and home the­ater sys­tems that come in. There’s also a rig set up specif­i­cally to test prin­ters.

On the sec­ond floor, you’ll find our video edit­ing rig, where we edit our videos for Hard­ware­Zone TV, be­fore they’re up­loaded. You’ll also find our testbeds here, where we test all of the com­po­nents that come in.

We use a com­bi­na­tion of hard­ware com­po­nents to test other com­po­nents, and some of th­ese com­po­nents also make up our Ref­er­ence Test Sys­tem, which is an on-go­ing com­puter plat­form that changes as the in­dus­try evolves.

Our In­tel Pro­ces­sor

To test In­tel-based moth­er­boards, we are cur­rently us­ing ng an LGA (Land Grid Ar­ray) 2011 In­tel Core i7-3960X (co­de­named ed Sandy Bridge-E). It is a six-core pro­ces­sor clocked at 3.3Ghz, hz, has a max turbo fre­quency of 3.9Ghz, supports quad­chan­nel mem­ory, and has a max TDP (Ther­mal De­sign Power) of 130W.

Our AMD Pro­ces­sor

When it comes to test­ing es­t­ing AMD m moth­er­boards, we use an AMD Phe­nom II X6 1 1090T Black Edi­tion pro­ces­sor (co­de­named T Thuban). This pro­ces­sor fea­tures six cores and is c clocked at 3.2GHz, has a max turbo fre­quency of 3 3.6GHz, and has 6MB worth of L3 cache.

Mis­cel­la­neous Com­po­nents

To en­sure enough cur­rent is sup­plied to our test­bed, we use one of the best PSUs (Power Sup­ply Units) on the mar­ket to­day. This PSU is none other than the Cooler Mas­ter Silent Pro Gold 1200W which is semi-mod­u­lar, and has enough power to meet the de­mands of even a multi-graph­ics card rig.

Com­po­nents test­ing such as graph­ics cards and RAMs are done on an In­tel DX79SI, which fea­tures six SATA 6Gb/s ports and four USB3 ports. Th­ese ports al­low us to test both SATA 6 Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s prod­ucts, as well as any USB3 de­vices.

When it comes to RAM needs, we use a Kingston HyperX 16GB kit (KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX). It has been tested to run at 1600MHz, and has a low la­tency of 9-9-9-27 at 1.65V. There is a sin­gle XMP that au­to­mat­i­cally boosts the mod­ules to run at 1600MHz.

Graph­ics ren­der­ing is han­dled by some of the most pow­er­ful graph­ics cards on the mar­ket to date. When we test com­po­nents, we use a refence NVIDIA GeForce GTX TI­TAN, while moth­er­boards are tested us­ing a Sap­phire HD 7970 (AMD Radeon HD 7970)

Stor­age is han­dled by a Western Dig­i­tal Ve­loci­rap­tor 1TB Hard Disk Drive, as well as a Sea­gate Mo­men­tus XT Hy­brid drive. The WD Ve­loci­rap­tor is used on our com­po­nents test­bed, while the Sea­gate Mo­men­tus XT is used when test­ing moth­er­boards.

Our test­bed is pro­tected by Belkin’s SurgeMaster Pro­tec­tor. Not only do they pro­vide mul­ti­ple power sock­ets to con­nect mul­ti­ple pe­riph­er­als, they en­sure a steady sup­ply of cur­rent to our test­bed, pre­vent­ing any over­load­ing.

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