We review a wide range of technical components, from mainboards to graphic cards, from display devices to storage drives, spanning a large array of technology products in the market. These are the software tools we use to test them:
PCMark 7, PCMark Vantage, PCMark05*
These benchmarks offer a suite of tests to judge the performance of an entire system. This is perfect for testing CPUs, RAM and storage devices.
3DMark,3Dmark 11, 3DMark Vantage, Unigine’s Heaven 3.0
These synthetic GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) benchmarks focus more on stress testing the GPU of a graphics card. Features like tessellation and general DirectX 11 features are tested here.
DirT 3, Crysis 3, Batman: Arkham City
These games are used to judge real-world performance, in addition to the synthetic GPU benchmarks mentioned above. As more demanding games are added to the market, our list will be updated.
Powermark is the latest benchmark from Futuremark to test the battery life of notebooks and Ultrabooks.
Please note that the list of software in each category does not reflect the actual usage of all listed, as certain hardware may not be capable of running certain benchmarks.
All processors are cooled with stock heat-sink and fan coolers, and Cooler Master NanoFusion Supreme Thermal Compound. To protect all these equipment in our test laboratory, we rely on Belkin’s SurgeMaster Protector. Where applicable, we use GP Batteries to power devices for testing. We rely on Procare’s e-care cleaning products to maintain effectiveness of our hardware. For testing DVD writer drives, we rely on Imation DVD+R 4.5GB (single-layer) media. To test Blu-ray Disc (BD) writer drives, we use Verbatim BD-R (4x) and BD-RE (2x) 25GB (single-layer) media. For connecting HD devices, we use GE Ultra Pro HDMI cables, courtesy of Alcom Networks Sdn Bhd. For keeping all our test lab notebook screens, monitors and TVs clean and protected, we use xShine Deluxe for crystal clear perfection. We use the Toshiba Qosmio F750 0 notebook for all our wireless routers testing, courtesy of Tele Dynamics Sdn Bhd.