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Intel or Nvidia? nForce 680i Challenges Intel P965 and 975X
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System Hardware
Socket 775 Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Conroe 65 nm, 2.93 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard I EVGA nForce 680i SLI Socket 775 (Socket 775)
Chipset : Nvidia nForce 680i SLI, BIOS : P20
Motherboard II MSI 975X Platinum PowerUp Edition (Socket 775)
Chipset : Intel 975X, BIOS : V7.2
Motherboard III Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Socket 775)
Chipset : Intel P965, BIOS : F7
Common Hardware
RAM 2x 1024 MB DDR2-800 (CL 3.0-4-3-9)
Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 XMS6403v1.1
Graphics Card HIS X1900XTX IceQ3
GPU : ATI X1900XTX (650 MHz)
Video Memory : 512 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
Hard Drive I (read) 1x 150 GB 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/300
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
Hard Drive II (write) 1x 150 GB 10,000 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/300
Western Digital WD1500ADFD
DVD-ROM Gigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
Software
ATI Graphics Catalyst Suite 6.11
Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 8.1.1.1010
Nvidia Chipset Nvidia Forceware 9.53
DirectX Version : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
OS Windows XP, Build 2600 SP2

Corsair’s XMS2 memory rated for DDR2-800 speeds runs at fast CL 3.0-4-3-9 timings. 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)
Cerfinition 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
Everest Version 3.01.652
Cache & Memory Benchmark
PCMark05 Pro Version : 1.1.0
CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoft Sandra 2007 Version 2007.5.11.17
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
Memory Latency Test = ns
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