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Midrange Graphics Card Round Up

Midrange Graphics Card Round Up

Test System

Zotac 9600 GT 512Mb AMP! Edition
Gainward 9600 GT 512Mb Golden Sample
Asus EN9600 GT 512Mb
XFX 9600 GT XXX 512Mb
Palit 9600 GT Sonic 512Mb
Gainward 8800 GTS GS GLH 1Gb
Zotac 8800 GT 1Gb
Asus EAH3850 OC Gear

ATI Radeon 3870 512Mb (Sapphire Atomic)

XFX 780i SLI Motherboard
Intel QX9650 (3.0Ghz – 1333fsb)
2x1Gb Corsair DDR2-1066Mhz 5-5-5-15
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
Forceware Release 174
Catalyst 8.2
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Call Of Duty 4 (DX9)
DiRT (DX9)
Quake Wars (OpenGL/MegaTexture)
Tiger Woods 08 (DX9)
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)
PowerDVD 7.3

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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