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Budget Graphics Card Roundup

Budget Graphics Card Roundup

Test Configurations

  • HIS Radeon HD3450 256MB Silence edition
  • Sapphire Radeon HD3450 512MB
  • Point of View Nvidia 8500GT 256MB
  • XFX Nvidia 8600GT 512MB
  • HIS Radeon HD3650 IceQ Turbo 512MB
  • Sapphire Radeon HD3650 OC edition 512MB
  • XFX Nvidia 9600GSO 384MB
  • Asus P5K-VM motherboard (Overclocked @ 500MHz FSB)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (Overclocked @ 3.5GHz)
  • G.Skill Pi series 2x2GB PC2-8800 (1000MHz, 5-5-5 timings)
  • NorthQ Black Magic Flex 650W PSU
  • Western Digital AAKS 640GB HDD

Windows Vista Business 64-bit + SP1
Forceware Release 175.19
Catalyst 8.7
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Crysis
Lost Planet: Colonies
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
World In Conflict
Counter Strike Source

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.

Note: FSB overclocking affects the performance of the onboard video graphics card. At 500MHz FSB the Intel GMA 3100 should perform considerably better than when running the system at stock speeds.

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Stuart Davidson

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