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9800 GX2 Quad/8800 Ultra 3x SLI + ESA

9800 GX2 Quad/8800 Ultra 3x SLI + ESA

Test System

Intel QX9770 3.2GHZ 1600FSB
XFX nForce 790i Ultra SLI
2x XFX GeForce 9800 GX2
3x XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra
SuperTalent DDR3-1800 7-7-7-21
Cooler Master 1250w PSU
Benq 16x DVD Writer
LG GBW-H10N Blu-Ray Writer
Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive
Soundblaster X-Fi
3x WD Raptor Hard Drives
1x Hitachi Deskstar
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
Cooler Master Aquagate Max
Cooler Master Cosmos Case
Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit + SP1
Forceware 174.53/169.44
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Call Of Duty 4 (DX9)
DiRT (DX9)
Quake Wars (OpenGL/MegaTexture)
Gears Of War (DX10)
Lost Planet (DX10)
Half-Life 2: Ep2 (DX9)
World In Conflict (DX10)
Crysis (DX10)
Oblivion (DX9)
Blazing Angels 2 (DX 9)

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). Where Required higher levels of anti-aliasing were forced on through the Nvidia control panel.

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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