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XFX GeForce 9800 GTX Black Edition

XFX GeForce 9800 GTX Black Edition

Test System

– XFX 9800 GTX Black Edition 512MB
– Reference 9800 GTX 512MB
– ATI 3870 X2 for HD Video Testing

– Asus P5E3 Premium
– Intel QX99770 (3.2Ghz – 1600fsb)
– 2x2GB Corsair DDR3-1800Mhz 7-7-7-20
– Akasa 1000w PSU
– Benq 16x DVD Writer
– LG GBW-H10N Blu-Ray Writer
– Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive                               
– Belkin Wireless-G PCI card
– 3x WD Raptor Hard Drives (OS/Games on RAID 0 Drives)
– 1x Hitachi Deskstar
– Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
– Arctic Cooling Freezer / Coolit Freezone Elite
– Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit + SP1
– Samsung SyncMaster 305T

Forceware Release 175.16
– Catalyst 8.5
– DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
– Call Of Duty 4 (DX9)
– DiRT (DX9)
– Assassins Creed (DX10)
– Tiger Woods 08 (DX9)
– Rainbow 6 Vegas 2 (DX10)
– Lost Planet (DX10)
– Half-Life 2: Ep2 (DX9)
– World In Conflict (DX10)
– Crysis (DX10)
– Oblivion (DX9)
– PowerDVD 8.0

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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Stuart Davidson

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