LAB TEST VERSION 2.8
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 an LGA (Land Grid Array) 1150 Intel Core i7-4770K (codenamed Haswell). It is a quad-core processor clocked at 3.5GHz, has a max turbo frequency of 3.9GHz, supports dual-channel memory, and has a max TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 84W.
Our AMD Processor
When it comes to testing AMD motherboards, we use an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition processor (codenamed Thuban). This processor features six cores and is clocked at 3.2GHz, has a max turbo frequency of 3.6GHz, and has 6MB worth of L3 cache.