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Unlocking the Sapphire X800GTO² - 12 vs. 16 Pipe Adventure - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark03

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 20, 2005 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon X2 3800+


Motherboard(s): ASUS A8N SLI Premium (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: 2 X 512MB Mushkin PC4000 DDR (Supplied by Mushkin)


Hard Disk(s): WD Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1


Drivers: ATI Catalyst 5.10 and DX9c


We will be comparing the 16 pipe mod against the stock 12 pipe version of the graphics card to see exactly what kind of performance increase we get with the new found pipes.


We will be running our normal array of benchmarks including AA/AF, CPU overclocking and of course the most important graphics card overclocking.




Version and / or Patch Used: Build 340


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By combining full DX8 and partial DX9 support with completely new tests and graphics over the previous version, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being the industry standard 3D benchmark.


Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favor of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.



We can see at the default clock speeds of 400/490 we get a nice performance increase at both the low and high resolutions.


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