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Test Setup

R600: Finally DX10 Hardware from ATI
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The following results were taken with stock Nvidia and ATI reference designs unless notated in the chart below where all three clock generators are pushing their components past the Nvidia reference design.

System Hardware

Processor

Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe

2.93 GHz, 1,066 MHz FSB, 32kB+32kB L1 , 4 MB L2

Platform

Nvidia Platform

EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR, LGA 775

NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI

ATI Platform

Intel D975XBX, LGA 775

Intel 975X Express Chipset

RAM

Corsair CM2X1024-9136C5D

2x 1024 MB DDR2 (CL5-5-5-15)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD

150 GB, 10,000 rpm, 16 MB cache, SATA150

Networking

nForce4 Gigabit Ethernet (Nvidia), Intel 82573E/82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Intel) Graphics Cards

AMD / ATI Based Cards

ATI Radeon HD 2900XT 512 MB GDDR3

740 MHz Core

740 MHz - 320 Streaming Processors

825 MHz Memory (1.65 GHz DDR)

ATI Radeon X1950XTX 512 MB GDDR4

650 MHz Core

1,000 MHz Memory (2.00 GHz DDR)

Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro Ultimate 256 MB GDDR3

580 MHz Core

800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)

Nvidia Based Cards

Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX 768 MB GDDR3

575 MHz Core

1.35 GHz - 128 Streaming Processors

900 MHz Memory (1.80 GHz DDR)

XFX GeForce 8800GTS 640 MB GDDR3

500 MHz Core

1.20 GHz - 96 Streaming Processors

800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)

Foxconn GeForce 8800GTS 320 MB GDDR3 ONOC

575 MHz Core

1.20 GHz - 96 Streaming Processors

900 MHz Memory (1.80 GHz DDR)

EVGA GeForce 8600GTS SC 256 MB GDDR3

675 MHz Core

1.45 GHz - 32 Streaming Processors

1,000 MHz Memory (2.00 GHz DDR)

Sparkle GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB GDDR3

540 MHz Core

1.19 GHz - 32 Streaming Processors

700 MHz Memory (1.40 GHz DDR)

Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX 512 MB GDDR3

650 MHz Core

800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)

Power Supply

TopPower Powertrain 900W

CPU Cooler

Zalman CNPS9700 LED System Software & Drivers

OS

Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

DirectX Version

XP - DX 9.0c

Vista - DX10

Graphics Driver(s)

ATI - Catalyst 7.4 WHQL (XP)

ATI - Catalyst 7.4 WHQL (Vista)

ATI - Catalyst 8-37-4 (Vista - HD2900XT)

ATI - Catalyst 8-37-4 (XP - HD2900XT)

NVIDIA - Forceware 158.48 (Vista - 8800GTX)

NVIDIA - Forceware 158.22 (XP - 8800GTX & GTS)

NVIDIA - Forceware 158.22 (XP - 8600GTS & GT)

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