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Graphics Chips Compared Plus Test Configurations

Mainstream Graphics Card Roundup
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We ran the following graphics cards on a PC with an Intel Core i7-920 CPU overclocked to 3.8 GHz (its default clock rate is 2.66 GHz), minimizing the possibility of a processor-based bottleneck.

Nvidia Graphics Cards

Vendor and GPU

Internal Reference

RAM

GPU Clock

Shader

Memory Clock

SPs

GeForce GTX 295

2 x GT200b

2 x 896 MB GDDR3

576 MHz

4.0, 1,242 MHz

2 x 999 MHz

2 x 240

GeForce GTX 285

GT200b

1,024 MB GDDR3

648 MHz

4.0, 1,476 MHz

2 x 1,242 MHz

240

GeForce GTX 280

GT200

1,024 MB GDDR3

602 MHz

4.0, 1,296 MHz

2 x 1,107 MHz

240

GeForce GTX 275

GT200b

896 GDDR3

633 MHz

4.0, 1,404 MHz

2 x 1,134 MHz

240

Zotac GeForce GTX 260² (GTX 260 216 SPs)

GT200b

896 GDDR3

576 MHz

4.0, 1,242 MHz

2 x 999 MHz

216

GeForce GTX 260 216SPs

GT200b

896 GDDR3

576 MHz

4.0, 1,242 MHz

2 x 999 MHz

216

GeForce GTX 260

GT200

896 GDDR3

576 MHz

4.0, 1,242 MHz

2 x 999 MHz

192

Zotac GTS 250 1 GB (GTS 250)

G92b

1,024 MB GDDR3

740 MHz

4.0, 1,836 MHz

2 x 1,100 MHz

128

GeForce GTS 250

G92b

1,024 MB GDDR3

740 MHz

4.0, 1,836 MHz

2 x 1,100 MHz

128

GeForce 9800 GX2

2 x G92

2 x 512 MB GDDR3

600 MHz

4.0, 1,500 MHz

2 x 1,000 MHz

2 x 128

GeForce 9800 GTX+

G92b

512 MB GDDR3

738 MHz

4.0, 1,836 MHz

2 x 1100 MHz

128

GeForce 9800 GTX

G92

512 MB GDDR3

675 MHz

4.0, 1,688 MHz

2 x 1,100 MHz

128

GeForce 9600 GT

G94

1,024 MB GDDR3

650 MHz

4.0, 1,625 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

64

GeForce 9600 GT

G94

512 MB GDDR3

650 MHz

4.0, 1,625 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

64

GeForce 8800 GTS 512

G92

512 MB GDDR3

650 MHz

4.0, 1,625 MHz

2 x 972 MHz

128

GeForce 8800 GT

G92

1,024 MB GDDR3

600 MHz

4.0, 1,500 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

112

GeForce 8800 GT

G92

512 MB GDDR3

600 MHz

4.0, 1,500 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

112

GeForce 8800 Ultra

G80

768 MB GDDR3

612 MHz

4.0, 1,512 MHz

2 x 1,080 MHz

128

GeForce 8800 GTX

G80

768 MB GDDR3

576 MHz

4.0, 1,350 MHz

2 x 900 MHz

128

GeForce 8800 GTS

G80

640 MB GDDR3

513 MHz

4.0, 1,188 MHz

2 x 792 MHz

96

GeForce 8800 GTS

G80

320 MB GDDR3

513 MHz

4.0, 1,188 MHz

2 x 792 MHz

96

ATI Graphics Cards

Vendor and GPU

Codename

RAM

GPU Clock

Shader

Memory Clock

SPs

Radeon HD 4890

R790

1,024 MB GDDR5

850 MHz

4.1

4 x 975 MHz

800

Radeon HD 4870 X2

R700 (2 x RV770)

2 x 1,024 MB GDDR5

750 MHz

4.1

4 x 900 MHz

2 x 800

HIS H487QT1GP ICEQ4+ (HD 4870)

RV770

1,024 MB GDDR5

770 MHz

4.1

4 x 1000 MHz

800

Sapphire Vapor-X HD4870 2G (HD 4870)

RV770

2,048 MB GDDR5

750 MHz

4.1

4 x 900 MHz

800

Radeon HD 4870

RV770

512 MB GDDR5

750 MHz

4.1

4 x 900 MHz

800

Sapphire HD4850 1G (HD 4850)

RV770

1,024 MB GDDR3

625 MHz

4.1

2 x 993 MHz

800

Radeon HD 4850

RV770

512 MB GDDR3

625 MHz

4.1

2 x 993 MHz

800

Radeon HD 4770

RV740

512 MB GDDR5

750 MHz

4.1

4 x 800 MHz

640

Radeon HD 4670

RV730

512 MB GDDR3

750 MHz

4.1

2 x 1,000 MHz

320

Radeon HD 3870 X2

R680

2 x 512 MB GDDR3

823 MHz

4.1

2 x 900 MHz

2 x 320

Radeon HD 3870

RV670

512 MB GDDR4

776 MHz

4.1

2 x 1,125 MHz

320

Radeon HD 3850

RV670

256 MB GDDR3

668 MHz

4.1

2 x 829 MHz

320

SPs=Stream Processors, R680=2xRV670, R700=2xRV770, Shader 2.0=DirectX 9.0, 3.0=DirectX 9.0c, 4.0=DirectX 10, Shader 4.1=DirectX 10.1

 

Test System For Nvidia and ATI Graphics Cards

Motherboard

Asus P6T, PCIe 2.0, ICH10R, 3-Way SLI

Chipset

Intel X58

Memory

Corsair, 3 x 2 GB DDR3, TR3X6G1600C8D, 2 x 570 MHz 8-8-8-20

Audio

Realtek ALC1200

LAN

Realtek RTL8111C

HDDs

SATA, Western Digital, Raptor WD300HLFS, WD5000AAKS

DVD

Gigabyte GO-D1600C

Power Supply

CoolerMaster RS-850-EMBA 850 W

Drivers and Configuration

Graphics

ATI Catalyst 9.5, Nvidia GeForce 185.85 WHQL

OS

Windows Vista Ultimate 32-Bit, SP1

DirectX

9, 10, and 10.1

Chipset Driver

Intel 9.1.0.1007

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