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Testbed and Methods

We investigated the performance of contemporary graphics cards in the new version of 3DMark on the following platform:

  • AMD Athlon 64 4000+ CPU (2.40GHz, 1MB L2);
  • ASUS A8N32-SLI Premium mainboard (Nvidia nForce4 SLI X16);
  • OCZ PC-3200 Platinum EL DDR SDRAM (2x1GB, CL2-3-2-5);
  • Samsung SpinPoint SP1213C HDD (Serial ATA-150, 8MB buffer);
  • Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 sound card;
  • Cooler Master Real Power 450 PSU (RS-450-ACLY, 450W nominal wattage);
  • Dell P1130/Dell P1110 monitors (21”, maximum resolution: 1800x1440x75Hz);
  • Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2, DirectX 9.0c;
  • Ati Catalyst 5.13;
  • Nvidia ForceWare 81.98;
  • S3 Graphics ComboChrome 6.14.10.2168.

Ati, Nvidia and S3 drivers were set in the following way:

Ati Catalyst:

  • CATALYST A.I.: Standard
  • Mipmap Detail Level: Quality
  • Wait for vertical refresh: Always off
  • Adaptive antialiasing: Off
  • Temporal antialiasing: Off
  • Quality AF: Off
  • Other settings: Default

N vidia ForceWare:

  • Image Settings: Quality
  • Vertical sync: Off
  • Trilinear optimization: On
  • Anisotropic mip filter optimization: Off
  • Anisotropic sample optimization: On
  • Gamma correct antialiasing: On
  • Transparency antialiasing: Off
  • Other settings: Default

S3 ComboChrome:

  • Wait for monitor sync: Off
  • Fast trilinear filtering: Auto
  • Fast destination clear: Auto
  • Fast Z clear: Auto
  • Detail level adjust: 0 (Quality)
  • Max depth buffer size: By app

For the overall performance results we ran 3DMark06 with the default settings:

In all other cases we used the corresponding FSAA and anisotropic filtering settings. Altogether we tested 20 graphics cards, which we split into three groups: high-performance, mainstream and value.

High-Performance Graphics Cards

Mainstream Graphics Cards:

Value Graphics Cards:

The CPU testing was conducted in platforms built with the following components:

Mainboards:

  • DFI LANParty UT NF4 Ultra-D (Платформа AMD Socket 939, NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra);
  • ASUS P5WD2 Premium (Платформа Intel LGA775, Intel 955X Express).

Memory:

  • 2048MB DDR400 SDRAM (AMD platform, Corsair CMX1024-3500LLPRO, 2 x 1024 MB, 2-3-2-10);
  • 2048MB DDR2-667 SDRAM (Intel platform, Corsair CM2X1024-6400PRO, 2 x 1024 MB, 4-4-4-12).

Other components:

  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT.
  • HDD: Maxtor MaXLine III 7B250S0 (Serial ATA-150, NCQ, 16MB buffer);

We tested 19 CPUs from AMD and Intel. Here is the complete list of processors participating in our test session:

AMD CPUs:

  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-60;
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+;
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+;
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+;
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+;
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+;
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-57;
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-55;
  • AMD Athlon 64 4000+;
  • AMD Athlon 64 3800+;

Intel CPUs:

  • Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955;
  • Intel Pentium D 950;
  • Intel Pentium D 940;
  • Intel Pentium D 930;
  • Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840;
  • Intel Pentium D 840;
  • Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.73GHz;
  • Intel Pentium 4 670;
  • Intel Pentium 4 660.
 
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