XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Quad SLI Versus ATI CrossFireX

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The Test System

The Main Test System

The test system was running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit with all available Microsoft updates including the hotfixes required for enthusiast video cards to run correctly. ATI CATALYST 8.3 drivers were used on all the Radeon HD graphics cards and NVIDIA Forceware 174.53 drivers were used on all GeForce graphics cards. All results shown in the charts are averages of at least three runs from each game or application used.

The XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 GPU-Z Screen Shot:

XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 GPU-Z

The Video Cards:

  • EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 (600MHz/2000MHz)
  • ATI Radeon HD X2 – 1GB (825MHz/1.800GHz GDDR3)

An Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 ‘Yorkfield’ processor was used for testing as it proved to be the best desktop processor when it comes to game performance. The test system was also loaded with 4GB of memory and water cooled to ensure throttling of the processor or memory wouldn’t cause any issues.  The ATI CrossFireX test platform had the DDR2 memory set to 800MHz with 4-4-4-12 timings and the NVIDIA Quad-SLI used DDR3 memory at 1333MHz with agressive 7-7-7-20 timings.

ATI CrossFireX Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650

Motherboard

Gigabyte X38-DQ6

Memory

4GB OCZ Reaper PC2-6400

Video Cards

See Above

Hard Drive

Western Digital SATA 250Gb

Cooling

Corsair Nautilus 500

Power Supply

Corsair HX620W

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

NVIDIA Quad-SLI Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650

Motherboard

NVIDIA 790i SLI 

Memory

4GB Corsair 1800MHz DDR3

Video Cards

See Above

Hard Drive

Western Digital SATA 250Gb

Cooling

Corsair Nautilus 500

Power Supply

Corsair HX620W

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

 Now that we know exactly what the test system is, we can move along to performance numbers.

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