GeForce 8800: Here Comes the DX10 Boom

Test Setup

The GeForce 8800GTX is longer than a Radeon X1950XTX and most other cards on the market. In fact it is 11" long tip to tail. The 8800GTS and other cards on the market are only 9.5" long.

As a comparison with the benchmarks we have produced throughout the entire 2006 calendar year, we ran our initial tests on an AMD Athlon FX-60 based system. We will have subsequent results showing multi-GPU performance. Additionally, we want to show what these new cards can do when the CPU limitations are lifted when testing under low resolution and image quality. (Stay tuned for that...)

System Hardware


AMD Athlon 64 FX-60

2.6 GHz, 1.0 GHz HT-Link, 1 MB L2 cache


Nvidia : Asus AN832-SLI Premium

Nvidia nForce4 SLI, BIOS version 1205


Corsair CMX1024-4400Pro

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

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD

150 GB, 10,000 rpm, 16 MB cache, SATA150


On-Board nForce4 Gigabit Ethernet

Graphics Cards

ATI Radeon X1950XTX 512 MB GDDR4

650 MHz Core

1,000 MHz Memory (2.00 GHz DDR)

Nvidia Based Cards :

Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX 768 MB GDDR3

575 MHz Core

1,350 MHz Streaming Processor

900 MHz Memory (1.80 GHz DDR)

XFX GeForce 8800GTS 640 MB GDDR3

500 MHz Core

1,200 MHz Streaming Processor

800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)

Nvidia GeForce 7900GTX 512 MB GDDR3

675 MHz Core

820 MHz Memory (1.64 GHz DDR)

Power Supply

PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1,000W

CPU Cooler

Zalman CNPS9700 LEDSystem Software & Drivers


Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2

DirectX Version

9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

Graphics Driver(s)

ATI - Catalyst 6.10 WHQL

Nvidia - Forceware 96.94 Beta

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