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6 Graphics Cards with Luxury Trimmings

The Graphics Chips Compared

Nvidia Graphics Cards
Manufacturer and ChipCode NameMemoryHDR-RVertex Shader/Pixel ShaderGPU FrequencyMemory Frequency
Geforce 8800 GTSG80320 MB GDDR3yes4.0500 MHz1600 MHz
MSI Geforce 8600 GTS Diamond PlusG84512 MB GDDR3yes4.0, 1450 MHz675 MHz2016 MHz
Colorful Geforce 8600 GT HDG84256 MB GDDR3yes4.0, 1276 MHz580 MHz1600 MHz
Geforce 8500 GT TCG86256/512 MB DRR2yes4.0459 MHz800 MHz
Geforce 8400 GS TCG86256/512 MB DDR2yes4.0459 MHz800 MHz
ATI Graphics Cards
Manufacturer and ChipCode NameMemoryHDR-RVertex Shader/Pixel ShaderGPU FrequencyMemory Frequency
MSI Radeon HD2900 XT CFR600512 MB GDDR3yes4.0743 MHz1656 MHz
MSI Radeon HD2900 XTR600512 MB GDDR3yes4.0743 MHz1656 MHz
HIS Radeon HD2600 XT IceQ TurboRV630512 MB GDDR3yes4.0830 MHz1860 MHz
HIS Radeon HD2600 XT ZalmanRV630512 MB GDDR3yes4.0800 MHz1400 MHz
MSI Radeon HD2600 Pro CFRV630256 MB DDR3yes4.0600 MHz1400 MHz
MSI Radeon HD2600 ProRV630256 MB DDR3yes4.0600 MHz1400 MHz
HIS Radeon HD2600 Pro IceQRV630512 MB DDR2yes4.0650 MHz1050 MHz
Radeon HD2400 XT HMRV610128/512 MB DDR2yes4.0700 MHz800 MHz
Radeon HD2400 Pro HMRV610256/512 MB DDR2yes4.0525 MHz800 MHz

Test Configuration

Nvidia Single Graphics Cards, ATI Single and Crossfire Graphics Cards
CPUIntel Core 2 Extreme X6800, 2.93 GHz
FSB1066 MHz
MotherboardIntel D975XBX2
ChipsetIntel 975X
Memory2x1 GByte, Vitesta DDR2 800 4-4-4-12 533 MHz
Hard DriveHitachi 2 x 120 GByte S-ATA, 8 MByte Cache
DVDGigabyte GO-D1600C
LANIntel 1000 Pro
AudioIntel High Definition Audio
Power SupplySeasonic M12 600 Watt
Drivers & Configuration
GraphicsCatalyst 7.9Forceware 97.92: 8400 GSForceware 162.18: Colorful 8600 GT HDForceware 163.71: MSI 8600 GTS Diamond Plus 512 MB
Operating SystemWindows XP Pro SP2
DirectX9.0c
Chipset DriverIntel 8.1.1.1010