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Move Over G45: Nvidia's GeForce 9300 Arrives
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System Hardware
CPU I Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 (45 nm, 2.53 GHz, 3MB L2 Cache)
CPU II AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ (65 nm, 2.8 GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
Intel Chipset : GeForce 9300MSI P7NGM-Digital, Rev. 1.1
Intel Chipset : G45 Intel DG45ID, Rev. Pre-Release
AMD Chipset : 790GX ASUS M3A78-T, Rev 1.01G
RAM2x 2 GB DDR2-1066 Corsair CM2X2048-9136C5D
HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB SATA 3 Gb/s
Blu-ray Drive Lite-On DH-4O1S
Graphics Card ASUS EN8500 GT TOP 256MB DDR3
Sapphire Radeon HD 3470 256MB DDR3
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling, ATX 2.3, 850 Watt

System Software & Drivers
Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate Retail
DirectX 10DirectX 10 (Vista default)
Nvidia Chipset Drivers nForce 20.07 (Vista x32)
Nvidia Graphics Drivers GeForce 178.13 (Vista x32)
ATI Graphics Drivers Catalyst 8.9 (Vista x32)
Intel Chipset Drivers INF : 9.1.0.1007

Benchmarks and Settings

3D Game Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
CrysisVersion : 1.2.1
Video Modes : 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024
Overall Quality : medium
Demo : GPU-Benchmark2 + Tom’s Hardware Tool
Unreal Tournament 3Version : 1.2
Video Mode : 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024
Sound and DirectX10 ; Window off
Video Quality :
Texture Details:5, Level Details : 5, Demo : WAR-OnyxCoast_bot
Time : 12/60
World in ConflictVersion : 1.0.0.9
Video Mode : 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024
Video Quality : medium details
Demo : Game-Benchmark
Supreme Commander
Forged Alliance
Version : 1.5.3599
Video Mode : 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024
Video Quality : game default
Demo : WallaceTX_006_006
Benchmark : Fraps 2.9.4 - Build 7037
Start time 00:48:20 (60 seconds) realtime play

Audio and Video Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
iTunesVersion : 7.7.0.43
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
TMPEG 4.5 Version : 4.5.1.254
Video : Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 Minutes
Audio : Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Channel, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DivX 6.8.3 Version : 6.8.3
- Main Menu -
default
- Codec Menu -
Encoding mode : Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
Enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
- Video Menu -
Quantization : MPEG-2
XviD 1.1.3 Version : 1.1.3
- Other Options / Encoder Menu -
Display encoding status = off
Nero 8 Recode Version : 3.1.4.0
- Recode an Entire DVD to DVD
- convert DVD-9 to DVD5
- all default settings
Benchmark
- High quality mode (slow recording)
- disable video preview
Mainconcept Reference 1.5.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1
Version : 1.5.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264)
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
Audio : MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16 Bit, 224 kbps)
Codec : H.264
Mode : PAL (25 FPS)
Profile : Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core
HD Playback (Blu-Ray) PowerDVD 8 Ultra
Blu Ray - Disc (Resident Evil : Extinction)
Video Mode : 1920x1080p (full screen)
Codec : H.264

Application Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8Version : 8.0.134
Virus base : 270.4.5/1533
Benchmark
Scan : some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
Winrar 3.80Version 3.70 BETA 8
WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 KB
Benchmark : THG-Workload
WinZIP 11Version 11.2
Compression = Best
Benchmark : THG-Workload
Maxon Cinema 4D Release 10Version : 10.008
Rendering from a scene
(Water drop at a Rose)
Resolution : 1280x1024 – 8-Bit (50 frames)
Adobe Photoshop CS 3Version : 10.0x20070321
Filtering of a 69 MB TIF-Photo
Benchmark : Tomshardware-Benchmark V1.0.0.4
Programmed by Tomshardware using Delphi 2007
Filters :
Crosshatch
Glass
Sumi-e
Accented Edges
Angled Strokes
Sprayed Strokes

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
3DMark VantageVersion : 1.02
Options : Entry
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark VantageVersion : 1.00
PCMark Benchmark
Memory Benchmark
Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2Version 2008.5.14.24
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark

Notes :

There is a $40 price delta between our CPUs of choice here. The Core 2 Duo E7200 is more expensive, yes. But Nvidia is claiming that its GeForce 9300-based boards will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100, while the ASUS M3A78-T hovers around the $150 mark and Intel’s DG45ID is closer to $120. So, if you compare the cost of these midrange machines, all three land very close to each other.

Then there’s the matter of our hybrid-mode testing. We chose the fastest models available to go with each compatible platform—the GeForce 8500 GT to go with Nvidia’s GeForce 9300 and AMD’s Radeon HD 3470 to go with the 790GX. Intel’s G45 doesn’t support any sort of cooperative rendering mode, of course.

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