Gateway Goes Gaming: FX530XT Review

Our Configuration

As mentioned on the Gateway website, Page One's base configuration is just the beginning. Of course Gateway would love to sell you a 3-year, extended in-home service plan or additional software, but more unusual is the company's willingness to pre-overclock your CPU to 3.20 GHz for a relatively small $100 fee. Having them do it for you means keeping your warranty, another unexpected move from the no-longer-boring corporation. Our particular configuration included the overclock plus a $79 upgrade to the Sound Blaster X-Fi PCI soundcard.

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processor Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700, 2.66 GHz, 1066 FSB, 8 MB Cache, Overclocked to 3.20 GHz via multiplier
Motherboard Gateway OEMD975XBGG1, BIOS LA97510J.15A
RAM Samsung M3 78T2953CZ3-CE6 DDR2-667
2x 1024 MB, CAS 5-5-5-13
Hard Drive 2x Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD in RAID 0
2x 150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA 150
Networking Intel(R) PRO/1000 PM Network Connection [8086-108C]
Graphics Cards Card 1: ATI X1950 Crossfire Edition
Card 2: ATI Radeon X1950XTX
GPU (Per Card): ATI Radeon X1950XTX (650 MHz)
RAM (Per Card): 512 MB GDDR4 (2000 MHz)
Power Supply Delta DPS-700FB-1, 700W
System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 5.1.2600
DirectX Version 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Driver Intel INF
Graphics Driver ATI Catalyst 6.10
Benchmarks and Settings
F.E.A.R Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768
Computer: Medium
Graphics: Medium
Test Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Doom 3 Version: 1.3
Video Mode: 1024x768
Graphics: High
Test: Time Demo 1
Oblivion Version: 1.0 Retail
Video Mode: 1024x768
Graphics: High
Test: Inside & Outside save files
Lame MP3 Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to mp3
160 kbps
OGG Version 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)
Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to ogg
Quality: 5
TMPEG 3.0 Express Version: (no Audio)
fist 5 Minutes DVD Terminator 2 SE (704x576) 16:9
Multithreading by rendering
DivX 6.2 Version: 6.2.2 (4 Logical CPUs)
Profile: High Definition Profile
1-pass, 3000 kbit/s
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
no Audio
XviD 1.1.0 Version: 1.1.0 Beta 2
Target qantizer: 1.00
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Version: 8.0
Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"
rendering HTDV 1920x1080 & 1280x720
SPECviewperf 9 Version: 9.0.3
PCMark05 Pro Version: 1.1.0
System, CPU and Memory Tests
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Encoder
3DMark05 Version: 1.2
System Test Only
SiSoftware Sandra 2005 Version 2005.7.10.60
CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia Benchmarks
Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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