ATI Graphics Card Buyer's Guide 2006, Part II

Test Setup

Single Nvidia and ATI Graphics Cards
CPU Intel Dual Core 3.2 GHz
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard Intel D975XBX
Chipset Intel 975 BX, driver 7.2.2.1006
Memory 2x OCZ 512 MB, DDR2, PC2 8000 Platinum Edition 5-5-5-15, Dual Channel
Hard Drive Hitachi
2 x 120 GB SATA (8 MB)
DVD Gigabyte GO-D1600C
LAN Intel Pro/1000
Audio Sigmatel
Power Supply Silverstone SST-ST56ZF 560 W
Nvidia SLI Graphics Cards
CPU Intel Dual Core 3.2 GHz
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal
Chipset nForce4 Intel SLI, driver nForce4 Intel 7.15 SLI
Memory 2x DDR2, Kingston KVR667D2N5K2/1G, Dual Channel
LAN Marvell
Audio Realtek
AGP Graphics Cards
CPU Intel 3.06 GHz
FSB 133 MHz
Motherboard Asus P4P800 Deluxe
Chipset i865, driver 7.2.2.1006
Memory 2 x 512 MB, DDR 266 MHz, Dual Channel
Audio Creative SB Live
Driver & Configuration
Graphics Drivers ATI Catalyst 6.3, X1800 GTO Gecube-driver 8.223
Nvidia 81.98, AGP 7800 GS EVGA-driver 81.98
Operating System Windows XP Pro SP1a
DirectX Version 9.0c
Test Matrix
Application Benchmark Anti Aliasing (AA) Anisotropic Filtering (AF) Possible Problems and Settings Nvidia SLI Settings
Age of Empires 3 (v1.04) Fraps 60 sec / custom-recorded THG game, Max Details/Quality Set through application, Low and High Set through driver AA rendered incorrectly when set through driver; AF not available in the game. Shader settings: Pixel Shader 2.0 = High, Pixel Shader 3.0 = Very High (speed not directly comparable) Single GPU Rendering
Black & White 2 (v1.1) Fraps 60 sec / Intro Island Flyby, Max Details/Quality Set through application, Low and High Set through driver AA rendered incorrectly if set through driver; AF not available in the game Multi GPU Rendering
Call of Duty 2 (v1.01 Intel) Custom THG-Timedemo, Max Details/Quality Set through driver Set through driver AF not available in the game Activate multi-GPU rendering and SLI optimizations in the game
F.E.A.R. (v1.02) F.E.A.R. Benchmark, Max Details/Quality Set through driver; deactivate soft shadows in combination with AA Set through driver Soft shadows render incorrectly with AA, higher fps for AA without soft shadows Multi GPU Rendering
Quake 4 (v1.04) Custom THG-Timedemo, Ultra Quality Set through driver Set through driver, AF set to zero through Quake 4 with command: image_anisotropy 0 AF not available in the game menu Multi GPU rendering
Serious Sam 2 (v2.066a) Timedemo Shield Generator28, Max Details/Quality/32-Bit Set through application, set AA to none on Nvidia cards with HDR-R Set through driver HDR-R + AA not possible on Nvidia cards, only AF is calculated; ATI's Pixel Shader 2.0 cards don't support HDR rendering Single GPU rendering
3DMark06 (v1.0.2) Default Benchmark Set through application Set through application HDR-R + AA not possible on Nvidia cards, only AF is calculated Multi GPU-Rendering
Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Candidates From Part 1
  3. HIS Radeon X1800 XL
  4. HIS Radeon X1800 XL - Tools And Software
  5. Tools And Software, Continued
  6. Tools And Software, Continued
  7. HIS Radeon X1800 XL - Web Support
  8. HIS Radeon X1800 XL - Overclocking And Heat
  9. HIS Radeon X1900 XTX
  10. HIS Radeon X1900 XTX - Tools And Software
  11. Tools And Software, Continued
  12. Tools And Software, Continued
  13. HIS Radeon X1900 XTX - Web Support
  14. HIS Radeon X1900 XTX - Overclocking And Heat
  15. Powercolor Radeon X1600 XT
  16. Powercolor Radeon X1600 XT - Tools And Software
  17. Tools And Software, Continued
  18. Tools And Software, Continued
  19. Tools And Software, Continued
  20. Tools And Software, Continued
  21. Tools And Software, Continued
  22. Powercolor Radeon X1600 XT - Web Support
  23. Sapphire Radeon X1300 Pro
  24. Sapphire Radeon X1300 Pro - Tools And Software
  25. Sapphire Radeon X1300 Pro - Web Support
  26. Sapphire Radeon X1800 XT OC
  27. Sapphire Radeon X1800 XT OC - Tools And Software
  28. Tools And Software, Continued
  29. Tools And Software, Continued
  30. Sapphire Radeon X1800 XT OC - Web Support
  31. Sapphire Radeon X1800 XT OC - Overclocking And Heat
  32. Sapphire Radeon X1900 XTX
  33. Sapphire Radeon X1900 XTX - Tools And Software
  34. Tools And Software, Continued
  35. Sapphire Radeon X1900 XTX - Web Support
  36. Sapphire Radeon X1900 XTX - Overclocking And Heat
  37. Test Setup
  38. Benchmark Results
  39. Age Of Empire 3, Continued
  40. Black & White 2
  41. Black & White 2, Continued
  42. Call Of Duty 2
  43. Call Of Duty 2, Continued
  44. F.E.A.R
  45. F.E.A.R., Continued
  46. Quake 4
  47. Quake 4, Continued
  48. Serious Sam 2
  49. Serious Sam 2, Continued
  50. 3DMark06
  51. 3DMark06, Continued
  52. 3DMark06, Continued
  53. 3DMark06, Continued
  54. Power Consumption
  55. Conclusions
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