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GIGABYTE 9800 GT Zalman Edition - Test System Setup and 3DMark06

We pit the newly released 9800 GT from GIGABYTE against the new mid-range king; the HD 4850. How will they fair?

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 28, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)

 

Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)

 

Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingston PC6400 DDR-2 3-3-3-10 (KHX6400D2ULK2/2G) (Supplied by Kingston)

 

Hard Disk(s): Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA-2 7200.10 (Supplied by Seagate)

 

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1

 

Drivers: ForceWare 175.31 and Catalyst 8.7

 

As already mentioned, we will today be looking at the newly released 9800 GT against the also quite newly released HD 4850 from AMD. One thing worth noting before we go head first into the results is that the HD 4850 actually sits a fair bit more expensive, even though both are mid-range orientated.

 

3DMark06

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

 

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3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

 

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

 

GIGABYTE 9800 GT Zalman Edition

 

Our first test shows the two cards sitting quite close together with the HD 4850 just being able to edge out.

 

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