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GeForce 8800 Needs The Fastest CPU

Processor

Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe

Motherboard

eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR

System Memory

Corsair CM2X1024-9136C5DTest Setup

Here is the system we have been using the entire year :

System Hardware
Processor(s)AMD Athlon 64 FX-602.6 GHz, 1.0 GHz HT-Link, 1 MB L2 cache
PlatformNvidia : Asus AN832-SLI PremiumNvidia nForce4 SLI, BIOS version 1205
RAMCorsair CMX1024-4400Pro2x 1024 MB @ DDR400 (CL3.0-4-4-8)
Hard DriveWestern Digital Raptor, WD1500ADFD150 GB, 10,000 RPM, 16 MB cache, SATA150
NetworkingOn-Board nForce4 Gigabit Ethernet
Graphics Cards
ATI Based CardATI Radeon X1950XTX 512 MB GDDR4650 MHz Core1,000 MHz Memory (2.00 GHz DDR)
Nvidia Based CardsNvidia 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)
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 6.10 WHQLNVIDIA - Forceware 96.94 Beta

We have upgraded the platform to the following 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 Gigabit Ethernet
Graphics Cards
ATI Based CardATI Radeon X1950XTX 512 MB GDDR4650 MHz Core1,000 MHz Memory (2.00 GHz DDR)
Nvidia Based CardsNvidia 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)cc vc vc
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 6.11 WHQLNVIDIA - Forceware 93.71 (7900GTX)NVIDIA - Forceware 97.02 (8800GTX & GTS)