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AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200 Chipset for Core 2 Rolls, But Doesn't Rock
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This is not a graphics shootout, but a platform shootout. Darren Polkowski will provide some dual graphics benchmarks with RV600 as soon as it launches. We took the same basic setup that we used for two articles that compared Intel’s and Nvidia’s chipset offerings for Socket 775 processors :

Processor and Platform
Socket 775 Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard DFI LANPARTY UT ICFX3200-T2R/G
Chipset : AMD 580X Crossfire, BIOS : 2006/12/22
Components
RAM 2x 1024 MB DDR2-8000 (CL 3.0-4-3-9)
Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 XMS6403v1.1
Graphics Card HIS X1900XTX IceQ3
GPU : ATI Radeon X1900XTX (650 MHz)
RAM : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
Hard Drive I (read) 1x 150 GB 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
Hard Drive II (write) 1x 150 GB 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/150
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
DVD-ROM Gigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
Software
ATI Graphics Catalyst Suite 6.11
ATI Chipset Catalyst Suite 6.11
DirectX Version : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
OS Windows XP, Build 2600 SP2

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
3D-Games
Call Of Duty 2 Version : 1.3 Retail
Video Mode : 1280x960
Anti Aliasing : 4x
Graphics Card : medium
Timedemo demo2
Quake 4 Version : 1.2 (Dual-Core Patch)
Video Mode : 1280x1024
Video Quality : Ultra
THG Timedemo waste.map
timedemo demo8.demo 1 (1 = load textures)
Video
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version : 3.0.4.24 (no Audio)
182 MB VOB MPEG2-source (704x576) 16:9
DivX 6.4 Version : 6.4 (4 Logical CPUs)
Profile : High Definition Profile
Multipass, 3000 kbit/s
Encoding mode : Insane Quality
XviD 1.2.0 Version : 1.2.0 SMP Beta
Encoding type : Twopass - Single pass
Profile @ Level : DXN HT PAL
Target size (kbytes) : 570000
MainConcept H.264 Encoder v2 Version : 2.1
2:19 min MPEG2-source 1920x1080 to H.264
Profile : High
Audio : AAC
Stream : Program
Audio
Lame MP3 Version 3.97 Beta 2 (11-29-2005)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
OGG Version 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)
Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 min
wave to ogg
Quality : 5
Applications
Winrar Version 3.61 (Multi-Core)
(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version : 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080
Adobe Photoshop CS 2 Version : 9.0.1
VT-Runtime Script
Rendering from 5 Pictures (66 MB, 7 Filters)
Cinebench Version 9.5
64 Bit
nCPU, 1 CPU
Synthetic
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.1.0
CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoftware Sandra 2007 Version 2007.5.11.17
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
Memory Latency Test = ns
Storage Benchmarks
Performance Measurements SimpliSoftware HDTach 3.0.1
I/O-Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver Benchmark
Webserver Benchmark
Database Benchmark
Workstation Benchmark
USB Performance Microsoft Robocopy XP010
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