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Test Setup And Benchmarks

Benchmarking AMD's 768-Shader Pitcairn: Not For Public Consumption
By , Benjamin Kraft

For this review, we're using the same hardware that also helps us generate our VGA Charts, giving us consistency across a wide number of cards and, consequently, a large number of competing products for the sake of comparison. There is one small change to note: as a result of the wear and tear associated with constantly switching out graphics cards, the x16 PCIe slot on our Gigabyte Z68X-UD7 B3 literally came off the board. We are using the Gigabyte Z68X-UD5 B3 in its place, giving us identical performance.

2012 Graphics Charts Test Bench
CPUIntel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge), 3.4 GHz @ 4.5 GHz (45 * 100 MHz), LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache
CPU Cooler
Prolimatech SuperMega plus Noiseblocker Multiframe
MotherboardGigabyte Z68X-UD5 B3, Intel Z68 Express
RAM2 x 4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600
System Disk
Kingston V100+ 256 GB SSD
ChassisCooler Master Lab
Power Supply
Corsair AX1200
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1


In the same vein, we are also drawing on our gaming benchmark suite used for the VGA charts. Rather than testing with all three of our current presets, we chose the one most relevant to this card, namely Performance. You can find the specific settings used for each benchmark in its corresponding chart. For more information about our methodology, feel free to check out our article Meet The 2012 Graphics Charts: How We're Testing This Year.

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    jakjawagon , 9 May 2012 02:01
    Why bother editing out the vendor? The previous story and some of the picture names on this article clearly show it's Afox.
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    LePhuronn , 12 May 2012 09:51
    7830 1GB all the way - I reckon price-conscious gamers would be ALL over it (and one would be going into my Sugo SG05 immediately)
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    asal1980 , 16 May 2012 15:29
    Instead of coming equipped with the usual 1024 shaders, our engineering sample sported only 768 active shader cores.