Graphics Boosted: 790GX's Side-Port Explored

Test System And Benchmark Setup

System Hardware
CPU AMD Phenom X4 9350e (65 nm, 2.0 GHz, 2 MB L2 + 2 MB L3 Cache)
AMD Chipset: 790GX Jetway HA07 Ultra, Rev 1.0
AMD 790GX, BIOS: A02
RAM 2x 2GB DDR2-800 Apogee AU2G732-12GH001
HDD for SYSmark Seagate Barracuda 7200.11, 500 GB
7,200 RPM, SATA/300, 32 MB cache
Blu-Ray LG GGW-H20L
Graphics Card I Radeon HD 3300
GPU: 700 MHz
RAM: 128 MB GDDR3 (533 MHz)
Graphics Card I Radeon HD 3450
GPU: 600 MHz
RAM: 256 MB GDDR3 (400 MHz)
Power Supply Coolermaster, ATX 2.3, 850 W

System Software & Drivers
Operating System Windows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
DirectX 10 DirectX 10 (Vista default)
DirectX 9 Version: April 2007
ATI Graphics Drivers Radeon 8.10 (Vista)
Intel Chipset INF:
Java Java Runtime Environment 6.0 Update 1

We used a 65 W AMD Phenom X4 9350e processor, running at 2.0 GHz.We used a Radeon HD 3450 card to try the Hybrid Crossfire feature, in order to increase graphics performance. Our card only had 256 MB of DDR2 memory.

Benchmark Setup

3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmark Details
Crysis Version: 1.2.1
Video Mode: 800x600
Overall Quality: High
Demo: GPU-Benchmark
Unreal Tournament 3 Version: 1.2
Video Mode: 1280x1024
Sound and DirectX10; Window off
Video Quality:
Texture Details: 1 Level Details: 1 Demo: vCTF-CONTAINMENT_fly Time: 12/60
World in Conflict Version:
Video Mode: 1280x1024
Video Quality: medium details
Demo: Game-Benchmark
Supreme Commander
Forged Alliance
Version: 1.5.3599
Video Mode: 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

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmark Details
3DMark Vantage Version: 1.02
Options: Entry
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark Vantage Version: 1.00, PCMark Benchmark, Memories Benchmark, Windows Media Player
SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2 Version 2008.5.14.24
CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMedia
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark