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Testbed, Methods and Settings

We gathered together eight graphics cards of the mainstream and high-end classes to have them benchmarked in AquaMark3. Who’s going to win the battle? The list of the testing participants includes:

  • ATI RADEON 9800 XT (ASUS RADEON 9800 XT/TVD)
  • ATI RADEON 9800 PRO
  • ATI RADEON 9600 XT
  • ATI RADEON 9600 PRO
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra (LeadTek WinFast A380 TDH Ultra)
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra

And that’s the battlefield:

  • AMD Athlon XP 3200+ CPU (2.20GHz, 400MHz FSB, 512KB L2-cache);
  • ABIT NF7-S mainboard v2.0;
  • 2x256MB Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM (2-3-3-6 timings);
  • Maxtor DiamondMax Plus D740X HDD (2MB buffer);
  • NVIDIA MCP-T audio;
  • OS Microsoft Windows XP SP1, DirectX 9.0b;
  • Drivers: ATI Catalyst 3.8, NVIDIA ForceWare 52.16.

We used the new drivers from NVIDIA to show you that the GPUs from the company highly depend on the correct work of the software shader translator. The software solution employed in the ForceWare driver allows working around the numerous bottlenecks in the NV3x architecture (we covered this matter in our eVGA e-GeForce FX 5700 Ultra Review called ATI RADEON 9600 XT vs. NVIDIA GeForce FX5700 Ultra and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Review called NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra against ATI RADEON 9800 XT: Shader Wars).

We will get to the benchmarks a little later. For now, let me introduce to you two fresh products that have recently entered the league of the high-end graphics cards. The late kings have left their throne to hail the ASUS RADEON 9800 XT and the LeadTek A380 TDH Ultra.

 
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