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Gaming Today: GTX 260 V Radeon 4870

Gaming Today: GTX 260 V Radeon 4870

Test Setup

BFG GeForce 260 MaxCore OC 896Mb
Gainward Radeon HD 4870 1Gb GS

Core i7 965EE
Asus P6T Deluxe
3x2gb Corsair DDR3-1600
Soundmax Audio
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
3x WD Raptor Hard Drives (OS/Games on RAID 0 Drives)
1x Hitachi Deskstar
ThermalRight Paste
ThermalRight Ultra-120 eXtreme

Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit + SP1
Forceware Release 180.47
Catalyst 8.11 X58/i7 Hotfix
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Far Cry 2
Crysis Warhead
Fallout 3
Call of Duty World At War
Tomb Raider Underworld
Left 4 Dead
Dead Space

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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