Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 @ 4GHz (400MHz x 10)
Cooling: Swiftech Apogee GTX Block (CPU) 3x 120mm Radiator, MCP655-B Pump
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6
Memory: 2 X 2GB OCZ Reaper X 1066MHz DDR-2
Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB 10,00RPM SATA
Operating System: Windows Vista SP1
Drivers ForceWare 177.34 , Catalyst 6.5 and Catalyst 6.6 Beta
We've got 4GHz of POWAH! Time to compliment it with a pair of HD 4850s and make some magic happen.
Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/
3DMark06 is the very latest version of the "Gamers Benchmark" from FutureMark. The newest version of 3DMark expands on the tests in 3DMark05 by adding graphical effects using Shader Model 3.0 and HDR (High Dynamic Range lighting) which will push even the best DX9 graphics cards to the extremes.
3DMark06 also focuses on not just the GPU but the CPU using the AGEIA PhysX software physics library to effectively test single and Dual Core processors.
With everyone on an even 4GHz playing field, we can see the HD 4850 cards are able to slightly outperform the GTX 280 offering at a lower price point.