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ATI's Crossfire Xpress 3200 Chipset Takes Off

Platform & Graphics Benchmarks

Test Setup

System Hardware
Socket 939 ProcessorsAMD Athlon 64 FX 60(Toledo 90 nm, 2.60 GHz, 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
ATI PlatformsA8R-MVP (Socket 939), Rev. 1.02GATI RD480, Bios 0309 (12/13/2005)A8R32-MVP Deluxe (Socket 939), Rev. 1.03GATI RD580, Bios 0201 (01/20/2006)
Nvidia PlatformsASUS A8N-SLI Premium (Socket 939), Rev. 1.02NVIDIA nForce4 SLI, BIOS 1011-005 (01/18/2006)ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe (Socket 939), Rev. 1.01NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16, BIOS 1103 (01/02/2006)
RAMGEIL GLX1 GB3200DC2x 512 MB DDR-400 (200 MHz, CL 2.0-2-2-5, 1T)
Hard Drive IWestern Digital WD1600160 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA150
Hard Drive IIWestern Digital WD1600160 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA150
DVD-ROMGigabyte GO-D1600C (16x)
Graphics Card IMSI RX1900 SeriesATI X1900XTX (650 MHz), 256 MB GDDR3 (1550 MHz)
Graphics Card IIASUS EAX1600XT SilentATI X1600XT (590 MHz), 256 MB GDDR3 (1380 MHz)
Graphics Card IIISapphire Radeon X1600XTATI X1600XT (590 MHz), 256 MB GDDR3 (1380 MHz)
Graphics Card VI2x ASUS EN6600GTNvidia 6600GT (500 MHz), 256 MB GDDR3 (1000 MHz)
Sound CardTerratec Aureon 7.1 Space (PCI)96.00 kHz sample rate
Power SupplyEG485VE(W), ATX12V 2.01, 480 Watt
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
DirectX Version9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Platform Driver NvidiaNVIDIA nForce4 6.70 AMD Edition
Platform Driver ATINo
Graphics Driver NvidiaNVIDIA ForceWare 81.98

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
Quake III Team ArenaVersion 1.321280x1024 - 32 bitTimedemo1 / demo thg3"custom timedemo"Graphics detail = High Quality
F.E.A.RVersion: 1.0 RetailVideo Mode: 1280x920Computer: HighGraphics Card: HighOptions/Performance/Test settings
Quake 4Version: 1.0.5 Beta (Dual-Core Patch)Video Mode: 1280x1024Timedemo demo4.demo 1 (load textures)
Call of Duty 2Version: 1.0Video Mode: 1280x1024timedemo testdemo03
3DMark06Version 1.0.21024x768 - 32 bitGraphics and CPU Default Benchmark
Pinnacle Studio 10 PlusVersion: 352x288 MPEG-2 41 MBto: 720x576 MPEG-2 95 MBEncoding and Transition Rendering to MPEG-2/DVDno Audio
TMPEG 3.0 ExpressVersion: (no Audio)182 MB VOB MPEG2-source (704x576) 16:9
DivX 6.1Version: 6.1 (4 Logical CPUs)Profile: High Definition ProfileMultipass, 3000 kbit/sEncoding mode: Insane Quality
XviD 1.1.0Version: 1.1.0 Beta 2Encoding type: Twopass - Single passProfile @ Level: DXN HT PALTarget size (kBytes): 570000
Clone DVDVersion: Terminator II SEConvert DVD-9 to DVD-4.7
Lame MP3Version 3.97 Beta 2 (11-29-2005)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 74 minwave to mp3160 kbps
AVG Anti-Virus 7.1Version: (File)Version: 7.1.362 (Program)(3.85 GB, 14.007 Files, 1.177 Folders)
WinrarVersion 3.51(303 MB, 47 Files, 2 Folders)Compression = BestDictionary = 4096 kB
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion: 8.0Characters "Dragon_Charater_rig"HTDV 1920x1080
PCMark05 ProVersion: 1.1.0CPU and Memory Tests
SiSoftware Sandra 2005Version 2005.7.10.60 SR2CPU Test = MultiMedia / CPU ArithmeticMemory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark