AMD Roundup August 09

9. Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P11. SiSoft Sandra Pro Business

Test System

AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 Black Edition
Asus Crosshair III Formula (With OC Station)
Asus M4A785TD-V Evo
ASRock M3A790GXH/128M
ECS A785GM-M Black Series
Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P
Sapphire Radeon 4890 Vapor-X 2GB

AMD Phenom 2 955 BE
AMD Phenom 2 810
AMD Phenom 2 720
2x2GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz @ 1333MHz DDR3 8-8-8-24
AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition
AMD Phenom 2 940 Black Edition
2x2GB Corsair Dominator 1142MHz DDR2 @ DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15
Intel i7-920
3x2Gb Corsair Dominator 1066MHz 8-8-8-24-2T
Asus Rampage II Gene Motherboard
Samsung SyncMaster XL30
BFG 1200w PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray Drive
Tenda Wireless N USB stick
OCZ Vertex Turbo
3x WD Raptor Hard Drives (Applications/Games on RAID 0 Drives)
Arctic Cooling MX-3 Paste
CoolIT Domino ALC

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Catalyst 9.7
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
SiSoft Sandra Pro Business 2009 SP3
Photoshop CS4
Cinebench R10
Adobe Media Encoder
Fritz 11
Easy CD-DA
Far Cry 2
Grand Theft Auto 4
Empire: Total War
World In Conflict: Soviet Assault
CCCP (Codec Pack)
PowerDVD 9.0
Everest Ultimate

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 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 refreshed using Wiper. 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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