LAB TEST Version 2.6
HoW We Do iT
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.
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.