Hardware Config And Test Settings
|Test System Configuration|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-980X (3.33 GHz, 12 MB Shared L3 Cache) Overclocked to 4.00 GHz at +100mV, 160 MHz BCLK|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte X58A-UD9 BIOS F3 (05/28/2010), Intel X58 Express, LGA 1366|
|RAM||Kingston KHX16000D3ULT1K3/6GX (6 GB) DDR3-2000 at DDR3-1600 CAS 7-7-7-21|
|GTX 460 Graphics||Sparkle GeForce GTX 460 1 GB (x2 for SLI) 700 MHz GPU, GDDR5-3600|
|GTX 480 Graphics||Sparkle GeForce GTX 480 1.5 GB 700 MHz GPU, GDDR5-3696|
|Radeon Graphics||Diamond Radeon HD 5870 1 GB 850 MHz GPU, GDDR5-4800|
|OS Hard Drive||Western Digital Velociraptor WD3000HLFS, 300 GB 10,000 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16 MB cache|
|Sound||Integrated HD Audio|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Networking|
|Power||OCZ-Z1000 1,000 W Modular ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit|
|GeForce Graphics||ForceWare 258.96|
|Radeon Graphics||AMD Catalyst 10.6|
|Chipset||Intel INF 22.214.171.1240|
was kind enough to supply one GeForce GTX 480 and two GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards. Each card includes a mini-HDMI to standard HDMI data cable, a DVI-I to VGA adapter, driver CD with various freeware, installation guide, and two power adapter cables.
Support for up to seven graphics cards makes the X58A-UD9 this reviewer’s choice for multi-card graphics tests. Less expensive X58-based solutions would have also been adequate for two-way SLI testing, since the chipset supports two x16 cards at full bandwidth.
We brought back Intel’s Core i7-980X to satisfy popular demand, even though none of today’s games can properly access more than four CPU threads. SLI does allow some games to push a few CPU cores to their limit however, so we overclocked ours to 4.00 GHz.
Diamond’s Radeon HD 5870 provides a second reference point for anyone who would like to compare Don Woligroski’s comprehensive CrossFire analysis to today’s limited SLI tests.
|Aliens Vs. Predator Benchmark||Alien vs Predator Benchmark Tool Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS) Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA|
|Crysis||Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool Test Set 1: Highest Quality, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Quality, 4x AA|
|DiRT 2||Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA|
|S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat||Call Of Pripyat Benchmark version Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x MSAA|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|3DMark Vantage||Version: 1.0.1, GPU and CPU scores|