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Budget Graphics Cards Tested - Q3 2006 VGA Roundup

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 25, 2006 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon X2 3800+ (2.6GHz - 260MHz FSB with 1:1 RAM)


Motherboard(s): DFI Lanparty UT SLI DR Expert (Supplied by Bronet)


Memory: 2 X 1GB G.Skill HV PC4000 @ 260MHz (Supplied by Bronet)


Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA 2


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: ATI Catalyst 6.7 and nVidia ForceWare 91.31 and DX9c (latest official at testing time)


Due to the large number of cards and the pain that it causing watching an X1300 Hyper Memory run 3DMark06 we have cut down the amount of benchmarks we have used slightly. We are using our normal Catalyst performance article layout which covers all bases - synthetic, real world, Direct3D, OpenGL, HDR and AA and AF.


While some might think we are being a bit optimistic benchmarking at 1600 x 1200, the results really did surprise us in some situations.


The normal test system will be used for the moment but you better start to emotionally unattach yourself from it like we have because Core 2 Duo will be arriving in my hot little hands sooner then later where the system will get a nice overhaul.




Version and / or Patch Used: Build 120


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3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.


For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.



And they are off and racing!


First off is the old faithful 3DMark05 showing us the difference between all the cards.


We can clearly see that the DDR3 7300GT models are out in front at both resolutions; the X1300PRO Bravo from PowerColor clearly shows strength with the X1300 from GeCube being the slowest as we would expect considering it is targeted towards the HTPC.


Let's continue on and find out if this is the trend throughout our complete set of benchmarks.

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