Test System Setup
Processor(s): AMD Athlon FX-60
Motherboard(s): Gigabyte K8N PRO SLI
Memory: 2 X 1GB G.Skill ZX 2-3-2-5 DDR400
Hard Disk(s): 2 x Seagate 500GGB SATA2
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2
Drivers: nVidia ForceWare BETA and DX9c
We won't go into covering the test system like we normally do as we went through the parts on page 2 of this article.
The problem with the 2560 x 1600 resolution is that support for games is still quite limited - a lot of programs involve little workarounds to get them working. For this reason we did the "Gaming In" sections above. This helps give you an idea of how you can play current generation games with this kind of technology.
The limited benchmarks we have are with the cards running in Quad SLI (four GPU) and normal SLI (two GPU). We have also benchmarked at 2560 x 1600 for people with 30" LCDs and in 1920 x 1200 for people with 23" - 24" LCDs. It should go without saying, if you are going to spend this amount of money on a computer system like you, you won't (read: shouldn't) be playing games at anything less than 1600 x 1200, hence the reason we have benchmarked at such high resolutions.
Version and / or Patch Used: Build 120
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 higher.
For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.
You can clearly see there is a considerable difference at both resolutions but it is only almost double and not like 4x the performance of a single card. Mind you we didn't expect it to be four times faster.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The System]
- Page 3 [The Cards]
- Page 4 [Screenshots - 3DMark05 and 06]
- Page 5 [Screenshots - Gaming in BF2]
- Page 6 [Screenshots - Gaming in F.E.A.R.]
- Page 7 [Screenshots - Gaming in GRAW]
- Page 8 [Screenshots - Gaming in Half Life 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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