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Test Setup

Buyer's Guide 2006, Part 1: 7 Graphics Cards in the THG Lab
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Test Setup

Single NVIDIA and ATI Graphics Cards
CPU Intel Dual Core 3.2 GHz
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard Intel D975XBX
Chipset Intel 975 BX, driver 7.2.2.1006
Memory 2x OCZ 512MB, DDR2, PC2 8000 Platinum Edition 5-5-5-15, Dual Channel
Hard Drive Hitachi
2 x 120 GB SATA (8 MB cache)
DVD Gigabyte GO-D1600C
LAN Intel Pro/1000
Audio Sigmatel
Power Supply Silverstone SST-ST56ZF 560 Watt
NVIDIA SLI Graphics Cards
CPU Intel Dual Core 3,2 GHz
FSB 200MHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal
Chipset nForce4 Intel SLI, driver nForce4 Intel 7.15 SLI
Memory 2x DDR2, Kingston KVR667D2N5K2/1G, Dual Channel
LAN Marvell
Audio Realtek
AGP Graphics Cards
CPU Intel 3,06 GHz
FSB 133MHz
Motherboard Asus P4P800 Deluxe
Chipset Intel 865, driver 7.2.2.1006
Memory 2 x 512MB, DDR 266 MHz, Dual Channel
Audio Creative SB Live
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics Drivers ATI Catalyst 6.3, X1800 GTO Gecube driver 8.223
NVIDIA 81.98, AGP 7800 GS EVGA driver 81.98
Operating System Windows XP Pro SP1a
DirectX Version 9.0c
Test Matrix
Application Benchmark Anti Aliasing (AA) Anisotropic Filtering (AF) Possible Problems and Settings NVIDIA SLI Settings
Age of Empires 3 (v1.04) Fraps 60 sec / Custom recorded THG game, Max Details/Quality Set through application, Low and High Set through driver AA rendered incorrectly when set through driver ; AF not available in the game. Shader settings : Pixel Shader 2.0 = High, Pixel Shader 3.0 = Very High (speed not directly comparable) Single GPU rendering
Black & White 2 (v1.1) Fraps 60 sec / Intro Island Flyby, Max Details/Quality Set through application, Low and High Set through driver AA rendered incorrectly if set through driver ; AF not available in the game Multi GPU-Rendering
Call of Duty 2 (v1.01 Intel) Custom THG-Timedemo, Max Details/Quality Set through driver Set through driver AF not available in the game Activate multi GPU rendering and SLI optimizations in the game
F.E.A.R. (v1.02) F.E.A.R. Benchmark, Max Details/Quality Set through driver, deactivate soft shadows in combination with AA Set through driver Soft shadows render incorrectly with AA, higher fps for AA without soft shadows Multi GPU rendering
Quake 4 (v1.04) Custom THG Timedemo, Ultra Quality Set through driver Set through driver, AF set to zero through Quake 4 with command : image_anisotropy 0 AF not available in the game menu Multi GPU rendering
Serious Sam 2 (v2.066a) Timedemo Shield Generator28, Max Details/Quality/32-Bit Set through application, set AA to none on NVIDIA cards with HDR-R Set through driver HDR-R + AA not possible on NVIDIA cards, only AF is calculated ; ATI’s Pixel Shader 2.0 cards don’t support HDR rendering Single GPU rendering
3DMark06 (v1.0.2) Default Benchmark Set through application Set through application HDR-R + AA not possible on NVIDIA cards ; only AF is calculated Multi GPU-Rendering
Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction, Continued
  3. A Detailed Look At The Candidates
  4. EVGA GeForce 7800 GS AGP - Tools And Software
  5. EVGA GeForce 7800 GS AGP - Web Support
  6. EVGA GeForce7800 GS AGP - Overclocking And Heat
  7. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP
  8. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Accessories
  9. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Tools And Software
  10. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Web Support
  11. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX
  12. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Accessories
  13. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Tools And Software
  14. Tools Und Software, Continued
  15. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Web Support
  16. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Overclocking And Heat
  17. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX
  18. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Accessories
  19. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Tools And Software
  20. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Web Support
  21. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ
  22. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Accessories
  23. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Tools And Software
  24. Tools And Software, Continued
  25. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Web Support
  26. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Overclocking And Heat
  27. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo
  28. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Accessories
  29. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Tools And Software
  30. Tools And Software, Continued
  31. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Web Support
  32. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo -Overclocking And Heat
  33. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX
  34. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Accessories
  35. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Tools And Software
  36. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Overclocking And Heat
  37. Sapphire Radeon X1300
  38. Sapphire Radeon X1300 -Accessories
  39. Sapphire Radeon X1300 - Tools And Software
  40. Sapphire Radeon X1300 - Web Support
  41. Test Setup
  42. Benchmark Results
  43. Age Of Empires 3, Continued
  44. Black & White 2
  45. Black & White 2, Continued
  46. Call Of Duty 2
  47. Call Of Duty 2, Continued
  48. F.E.A.R.
  49. F.E.A.R., Continued
  50. Quake 4
  51. Quake 4, Continued
  52. Serious Sam 2
  53. Serious Sam 2, Continued
  54. 3DMark06
  55. 3DMark06, Continued
  56. 3DMark06, Continued
  57. 3DMark06, Continued
  58. Power Consumption
  59. Conclusions
  60. Feature Table
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