Test Setup & Benchmarks Results
It is hard to think of this as a single card, since there are two circuit boards coupled together, but if this is the form factor for graphics cards of the future, we must accept what we see as one card. Looks aside, the GeForce 7950 GX2 is a very powerful graphics card that can best all existing cards on the market. This is to be expected since there is twice as much of everything ; all other cards only have one GPU and a single set of memory modules.
You will notice that the XFX 570M XXX version of the GeForce 7950GX2 is overclocked compared to Nvidia’s launch clock specification. We left this as is, since this is how the card would be purchased.
One other thing we would like to point out is that most motherboards will require a BIOS flash. Most boards do not recognize the PCIe switch that Nvidia uses on the GX2 series boards, even though that is part of the PCIe standard. Until recently, most companies have not produced consumer products utilizing this kind of device.
|Processor(s)||AMD Athlon 64 FX-602.6 GHz, 1.0 GHz Bus, 1 MB L2 cache|
|Platform||Asus AN832-SLI PremiumNVIDIA nForce4 SLI, BIOS version 1205|
|RAM||Corsair CMX1024-4400Pro2x 1024 MB @ DDR400 (CL3.0-4-4-8)|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 rpm, 16 MB cache, SATA150|
|Networking||On-Board nForce4 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Graphics Cards||NVIDIA GeForce 7950GX2 1 GB GDDR3 570 MHz Core 700 MHz Memory (1.4 GHz DDR)NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX 512 MB GDDR3 675 MHz Core 820 MHz Memory (1.64 GHz DDR)ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512 MB GDDR3 650 MHz Core 775 MHz Memory (1.55 GHz DDR)|
|Power Supply||PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1,000W|
|System Software & Drivers|
|OS||Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2|
|DirectX Version||9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)|
|Platform Driver||nForce 6.70|
|Graphics Driver(s)||ATI - Catalyst 6.5 WHQLNVIDIA - Forceware 91.29 Non-WHQL (7950GX2 Only)NVIDIA - Forceware 84.21 WHQL|