Gainward GeForce GTS 250 / XFX Radeon HD 4850 XXX

3. XFX Radeon HD 4850 XXX 512mb5. Call Of Duty: World At War


Test System

XFX Radeon HD 4850 XXX 512MB
Gainward GeForce GTS 250 1 GB

Intel i7-965EE
3x2Gb Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 8-8-8-24-2T
Intel DX58SO Motherboard

Samsung SyncMaster 305T
Akasa 1000w PSU
Benq 16x DVD Writer
LG GBW-H10N Blu-Ray Writer
Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive
Belkin Wireless-G PCI card
1x Intel 80Gb SSD
2x WD Raptor Hard Drives (OS/Games on RAID 0 Drives)
1x Hitachi Deskstar
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
CoolIT Domino ALC

Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit + SP1
Forceware Release 182.08
Catalyst 9.2
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Badaboom
Adobe Media Encoder
Call of Duty World at War
Lost Planet Colonies
World In Conflict
Left 4 Dead
Grand Theft Auto 4
Race Driver Grid
Mirrors Edge
CCCP (Codec Pack)
CoreCodec
PowerDVD 8.0
Everest Ultimate
Fraps

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows Vista was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drive was de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice:
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

Driver Heaven does not use benchmark scripts. We play the games for long periods of time on various levels and report any unusual findings we see. Then we record with FRAPS across several in game levels recording the averages. This is real world testing and is just how you guys will experience the game. Occasionally we might throw in a time demo as a further comparison, but we will note it.

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