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Test Setup

iBuypower Dream 2006 CrossFire Gaming System
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System Hardware
Processor(s) AMD Athlon 64 FX-60
2.6 GHz, 1.0 GHz HT-Link, 1 MB L2 cache
Platform Nvidia : Asus AN832-SLI Premium
Nvidia nForce4 SLI, BIOS version 1205
Nvidia : Asus A8R32-MVP Premium
ATI Xpress 3200 CrossFire, BIOS version 0404
RAM Corsair CMX1024-4400Pro
2x 1024 MB @ DDR400 (CL3.0-4-4-8)
Hard Drive Western Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD
150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA150
Networking On-Board nForce4 Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard Marvell Gigabit Ethernet
Graphics Cards Powercolor Radeon X1900XTX 512 MB GDDR3
650 MHz Core
775 MHz Memory (1.55 GHz DDR)

Nvidia Based Cards :
XFX GeForce 7950GX2 1 GB GDDR3
570 MHz Core
775 MHz Memory (1.55 GHz DDR)
Nvidia GeForce 7900GTX 512 MB GDDR3
675 MHz Core
820 MHz Memory (1.64 GHz DDR)
Power Supply PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1,000W
System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Graphics Driver(s) ATI - Catalyst 6.9 WHQL
NVIDIA - Forceware 91.47 WHQL

Benchmark Results

3DMark05

We tested 3DMark05 at all resolutions, with antialiasing and anisotropic filtering disabled during the primary run. The second time around, we improved image quality by setting 4xAA and 8xAF. Clearly, the overclocked systems from ABS and Falcon Northwest posted the highest numbers during the first run, at a resolution of 1024x768. Coming in third was the iBuypower CrossFire system with a score of 16,512. At higher resolutions, the CrossFire systems post much higher scores than those of the Quad systems, or the Monarch with its overclocked GeForce 7900GTX in SLI. Comparing the identical systems from iBuypower, it is clear to see that CrossFire Radeon X1900s are faster than SLI or Quad SLI at all of the test settings.

System Configuration Wins Total Wins
CrossFire Radeon X1900 10 10
Quad SLI X7950GX2 0 0
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