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.
At stock speed when the graphics are turned up, the Intel Bad Axe 2 just outscores the P965 board.
We were wondering why and realised it's the way ATI Crossfire works on the two platforms. The Intel 975X uses 2 x PCI Express x8 lanes for its Crossfire system whereas the P965 uses a x16 lane for its primary card and a x4 lane off the Southbridge for its secondary card leading to a slight drop in performance.