FX530XT Review: Gateway Gamer Gets 8800GTX

Test Setup

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System Hardware
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Extreme QX6700, 3.2 GHz, 1066 FSB, 8 MB Cache
MotherboardGateway FX530XT, BIOS: Intel LA97510J.15A (01/09/07)
RAMHyundai HYMP512U64BP8-Y5 PC2-53004x 1024 MB, CAS 5-5-5-15
Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD, RAID 02x 105 GB, 10000 RPM, 16 MB Cache, SATA 150
NetworkingIntel PRO/1000 PM Onboard Gigabit Ethernet
Graphics CardsEVGA GeForce 8800 GTXGPU: 600 MHzRAM: 768 MB 925 MHz
Power SupplyDelta Electronics Inc., DPS-700FB-1 A (700W)
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows Vista Ultimate 6.0 32bit
DirectX Version10
Platform DriverIntel INF
Graphics Driver7.15.11.5816 - nVidia ForceWare 158.16

Sticklers for accuracy will complain that the system we tested, with a RAID 0 pair of Raptors, is no longer available on Gateway's FX530XT configuration pages. We're stuck on accuracy as well, but have no other testing option than to use what the company provided. Buyers who really want the exact system we've tested should contact their Gateway sales person with a request.

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Benchmarks and Settings
F.E.A.RVersion: 1.0 RetailVideo Mode: 1024x768Computer: MaximumGraphics: Maximum-Custom-No SoftshadowsTest Path: Options/Performance/Test Settings
Doom 3Version: 1.3Video Mode: 1024x768Graphics: HighTest: Time Demo 1
OblivionVersion: 1.0 RetailVideo Mode: 1024x768Graphics: High, 4xAATest: Inside & Outside save files
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (12-22-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to mp3160 kbps
OGGVersion 1.1.2 (Intel P4 MOD)Version 1.1.2 (Intel AMD MOD)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to oggQuality: 5
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressNot Windows Vista Compatible
DivX 6.1Not Available (TMPEG Vista Incompatibility)
XviD 1.1.0Not Available (TMPEG Vista Incompatibility)
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion: 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"rendering HTDV 1920x1080 & 1280x720
SPECviewperf 9Version: 9.0.3
PCMark05 ProNot Windows Vista Compatible
3DMark05Version: 1.2System Test Only
SiSoftware Sandra 2005Version 2005.7.10.60CPU Test = Arithmetic, Multimedia BenchmarksMemory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
SYSmark 2007 PreviewVersion: 1.01System Benchmark
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.