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XFX Motherboard Roundup

XFX Motherboard Roundup

Test System

– Intel QX9650 (3.0Ghz – 1333fsb)
– XFX 610i/7050
– XFX 630i/7150
– Gigabyte G33-DS3R

– AMD Phenom 9850
– XFX GeForce 8200
– Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H

– 2x2Gb Corsair DDR2-800Mhz 4-4-4-12
– Akasa 1000w PSU
– Benq 16x DVD Writer
– LG GBW-H10N Blu-Ray Writer
– Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive                              
– VIA USB Wireless Card
– 3x WD Raptor Hard Drives (OS/Games on RAID 0 Drives)
– 1x Hitachi Deskstar
– Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
– Arctic Cooling Freezer CPU Coolers
– Windows Vista Ultimate + SP1
– Forceware Release 175.19
– nForce Drivers 16.11 and 18.11
– Catalyst 8.7
– Sisoft Sandra
– Photoshop CS3
– Cinebench R10
– Fritz 11
– Easy CD-DA Convertor
– ConvertX to DVD
– Counter Strike Source
– Lost Planet Colonies
– DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10

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.

DriverHeaven 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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