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|Test System Configuration|
|CPU||AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (2.80 GHz, 6 MB Cache)|
|RAM||Kingston KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX 2.0 GB modules, used in pairs Underclocked to DDR3-1333 CAS 8-8-8-24|
|Graphics||Zotac GeForce GTX260² 896MB 576/999MHz GPU/Shader, GDDR3-2484|
|Hard Drive||WD VelociRaptor WD30000HLFS 0.3 TB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache|
|Sound||Integrated HD Audio|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Networking|
|Power||Coolermaster RS850-EMBA 850 W, ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1|
|Graphics||Nvidia Forceware 182.08 WHQL|
|Chipset||Catalyst Chipset 03.00.0699|
Our best DDR3 memory was shipped in triple-channel kits, so we divided these into dual-channel kits for Socket AM3 compatibility. AMD supplied the processor.
Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM 300 GB VelociRaptor kept load times low and write performance high.
Today’s benchmark suite has several 64-bit updates, but readers should look for additional improvements once all of our editors have reached a consensus towards standardization.
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|Call of Duty: World at War||Patch 1.1, FRAPS/saved game High Textures, No AA / No AF, vsync off Ultra Textures, 4x AA / Max AF, vsync off|
|Crysis||Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Very High Quality, 8x AA|
|Far Cry 2||DirectX 10, Steam Version, in-game benchmark Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 8x AA|
|World in Conflict||Patch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo Test 1: High Details, No AA / No AF Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF|
|iTunes 8||Version: 22.214.171.124 (x64) Audio CD ("Terminator II SE"), 53 min Default format AAC|
|Lame MP3||Version: 3.98 64-bits (07-04-2008) Audio CD "Terminator II SE," 53 min. wave-to-MP3|
|TMPGEnc 4.6||Version: 126.96.36.1998 Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes) Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9|
|DivX 6.8.5||Encoding mode: Insane Quality Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4 Quarter-pixel search|
|Xvid 1.2.1||Display encoding status = off|
|Mainconcept Reference 1.6.1||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 Kbp/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)|
|Autodesk 3ds Max 2009||Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)|
|Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8||Version: 8.0.134, Virus base: 270.4.5/1,533, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files|
|WinRAR 3.80||Version 3.80, WinZip Commandline Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)|
|WinZip 12||Version 12.0, Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|3DMark Vantage||Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores|
|PCMark Vantage||Version: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646|
|SiSoft Sandra||Version 2008.5.14.24, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark|
(2.80 GHz, 86.0 MB Cache)
I never knew any AMD processors had that much cache!
1.66% better than the worst performer in the tests. :-)
Not much point in throwing that much GPU horsepower at a motherboard review; the card Thomas used is our current reference--and it's more than ample for showcasing the differences between these boards.
If you want to see quad-CrossFire for any specific reason, feel free to let us know and we can put together a story idea!
Consistent would have been better if not for the fear of people pointing out ever tiny inconsistency. Just remember, if you're 5'11" tall it's clear to just about everyone that you're not 6'!!!
Could you clarify that a bit Chris? Are you saying you would not expect any difference in crossfire between the MBs? If so, that's OK. However, if there's going to be a difference, that is the main reason to buy a 790FX. If you aren't going to crossfire might as well get a GX.
I suspect the chipset isn't the whole story and the various manufacturers could still screw up the PCI-E voltages or something :p