Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)
Motherboard(s): ASUS Blitz Extreme (Supplied by ASUS)
Memory: 2 X 1GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1066MHz 7-7-7-21 (Supplied by Corsair)
Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA-2
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista
Drivers: Forceware 169.09
What we have done today is grab both the stock clocked ASUS 8800GT and the overclocked MSI 8800GT which carries the same memory speed but with a 10MHz bump in the core speed to 660MHz. We all know where the 8800GT sits in the market as we have compared it to everything from the HD 2900 PRO through to the new 8800GTS 512MB card, so it was time to do a bit of a 3-way battle in the benchmarks.
The standard array of synthetic tests and real world games are used covering everything from OpenGL to Direct3D across a multitude of resolutions. We also venture into a bit of AA and AF performance while also checking out how the new cards perform under some Direct X 10 tests in the more recent Windows Vista operating system.
Version and / or Patch Used: Build 130
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark05/
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.
We can see the overclocked offerings really help us get a nice little bump in performance when compared to the stock clocked 8800GT from ASUS.