The test system was running XP Professional with Service Pack 3 and all available Microsoft updates. The Sapphire 4670 was using ATI Catalyst 9.3 drivers due to artifacting on new drivers, and the ASUS 9600 GSO was using nVidia Geforce 181.20 Cuda Drivers for the same reason. All results shown in the charts are averages of at least three runs from each game or application used.
The test system used was a little more modest than the one ordinarily used for video card reviews, featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 ‘Wolfdale’ clocked at 3.20GHz in an EVGA 750i FTW SLI motherboard with 4GB of system memory. The Corsair XMS2 2x2GB kit was used at stock speeds of 800MHz, and 5-5-5-18 timings. The E7200 was used with a MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler. Keeping in line with the rest of the system being ‘budget’ based, this tower cooler rings in at just $23 and keeps the chip at good temps even at a nice stable 3.2 GHz; this is an underclock compared to normal use, but rock solid. Powering the system is the Corsair TX750W Power Supply with a single 60Amp 12v+ rail.
|Processor||Intel Core2 Duo E7200|
|Motherboard||EVGA 750i FTW||Click Here|
|Memory||4GB Corsair DDR2 800MHz||Click Here|
|Video Card||View Above||Click Here|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Raptor||Click Here|
|Cooling||MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball||Click Here|
|Power Supply||Corsair TX750W||Click Here|
|Operating System||Windows XP Professional SP3||Click Here|
Now that you know the rest of the system used, we can continue on with the testing.