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How $200 Goes a Lot Further

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processor(s)Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe2.93 GHz, 1,066 MHz FSB, 32 kB + 32 kB L1 , 4 MB L2
PlatformeVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR, LGA 775Nvidia nForce 680i SLI, BIOS version 2.053.57
RAMCorsair CM2X1024-9136C5D2x 1024 MB DDR2 @ 800 MHz (CL5-5-5-15)
Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 rpm, 16 MB cache, SATA150
NetworkingOn-Board nForce4 Gb Ethernet
Graphics Cards (ATI)ATI Radeon X1950XTX 512 MB GDDR4650 MHz Core1,000 MHz Memory (2.00 GHz DDR)Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro Ultimate 256 MB GDDR3580 MHz Core800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)
Graphics Cards (Nvidia)Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX 768 MB GDDR3575 MHz Core1,350 GHz Streaming Processor900 MHz Memory (1.80 GHz DDR)XFX GeForce 8800GTS 640 MB GDDR3500 MHz Core1,200 GHz Streaming Processor800 MHz Memory (1.60 GHz DDR)Nvidia GeForce 7900GTX 512 MB GDDR3675 MHz Core820 MHz Memory (1.64 GHz DDR)Nvidia GeForce 7950GT 256 MB GDDR3550 MHz Core700 MHz Memory (1.40 GHz DDR)
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1,000W
CPU CoolerZalman CNPS9700 LED
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Graphics Driver(s)ATI - Catalyst 6.12 WHQLNvidia - Forceware 93.71 (7900GTX & 7950GT)Nvidia - Forceware 97.02 (8800GTX & GTS)