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ATI Enters The X1000 Promised Land

Test Setup

After wading through all of the hardware and technology advances made by ATI, we can finally get to the hard numbers. The test platform and settings are as follows :

System Hardware



2.8 GHz, 1.0 GHz Bus, 1 MB L2 cache


Asus AN8-SLI Premium

NVIDIA nForce4 SLI, BIOS 1003 - BIOS version 1005


Corsair CMX1024-4400Pro

2x 1024 MB @ DDR400 (CL3.0-4-4-8)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor, WD740GD

74 GB, 10,000 rpm, 8 MB cache, SATA150


On-Board nForce4 Gigabit Ethernet

Graphics Cards

ATI X1800XT 512 MB GDDR3 625 MHz Core 1.50 GHz Memory

ATI X1800XL 256 MB GDDR3 500 MHz Core 1.00 GHz Memory

ATI X1600XT 256 MB GDDR3 590 MHz Core 1.38GHHz Memory

ATI X1300Pro 256 MB GDDR3 600 MHz Core 800 MHz MemoryATI X850XTPE 256 MB GDDR3 540 MHz Core 1.175 GHz MemoryNVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX (Reference) 256 MB GDDR3

430 MHz Core 1.2 GHz Memory

Power Supply

Enermax EG851AX 660W SLI CertifiedSystem Software & Drivers


Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2

DirectX Version

9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

Platform Driver

nForce 6.65

Graphics Driver(s)

ATI - Catalyst 5.9 - Display Driver 8.173

NVIDIA - Forceware 78.01