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Dead Space: Performance Analyzed
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Note that we used two test systems: a Core i7 920-based system for the majority of the benchmarks and a Core 2 Quad Q6600-based system to demonstrate what slower CPU architecture, lower clock speeds, and fewer logical CPU cores will offer in the way of performance (since i7 sports Hyper-Threading).

Once again, we chose a range of graphics cards to test, most of them from our "Best Cards for the Money" monthly recommendations. This gives us a nice, broad spectrum of cards to scrutinize from various budgets.


Graphic Test SystemCPU Test System
CPU

Intel Core i7-920 (Bloomfield),
2.67 GHz, QPI-2400, 8 MB Cache

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Kentsfield),
2.7 GHz, FSB-1200, 8 MB Cache

Motherboard

ASRock X58 Supercomputer
Intel X58, BIOS P1.90

MSI P7N SLI Platinum
Nvidia nForce 750i, BIOS A2

Networking
Onboard Realtek Gigabit LAN controller

Onboard nForce 750i Gigabit Ethernet

Memory

Mushkin PC3-10700
3x 2,048 MB, DDR3-1066, CL 8-8-8-19 at 1.8 V

A-Data Extreme DDR2 800+
2x 2,048 MB, DDR2-800, CL 5-5-5-18 at 1.8 V

Graphics

Sapphire HD4650 512 MB DDR2 PCIe
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 1 GB DDR3 PCIe
Diamond Radeon HD 4770 512 MB DDR5 PCIe
Powercolor AX4830 512 MB DDR3 PCIe
Gigabyte GV-NX88T512HPV1 512 MB DDR3 PCIe
Asus ENGTS250 DK 1 GB DDR3 PCIe
Asus EAH4850 MT 512 MB DDR3 PCIe
ASUS ENGTX260 796 MB DDR3 PCIe
ATI Radeon HD 4870 reference

ASUS ENGTX260 796 MB DDR3 PCIe

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA,
500 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3.0 GB/s

Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA,
500 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB cache, SATA 3.0 GB/s

Power

Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W
1200 W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91

Ultra HE1000X
ATX 2.2, 1000W

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit 6.0.6001, SP1
DirectX versionDirectX 10
Graphics Drivers

Nvidia GeForce 185.85, Catalyst 9.5

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