As always, we did our best to deliver a clean set of benchmarks, with each test repeated three times and an average of those results is what we’re reporting here. In the rare case where performance was inconsistent, we continued repeating the test until we got three results that were consistent.
The tests performed are a mixture of custom in-game timedemos and manually played sections, using FRAPS to record the average and minimum frame rates. We strive to not only record real-world performance you will actually see, but also present the results in a manner that is easy to digest.
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Intel Core i7 Test System
Intel Core i7-965 processor (3.2GHz: 133MHz x 24)
Asus P6T V2 motherboard (Intel X58 Express with three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots)
3x 2GB Corsair TR3X6G1333C9 memory modules (operating in dual channel at DDR3 1,600MHz 9-9-9-24-1T)
Corsair X128 120GB SSD running v1 firmware
Corsair HX1000W PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Antec Twelve Hundred Chassis
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ATI graphics cards
Gigabyte HD 5870 SOC 1GB (GV-R587SO-1GD), (950MHz GPU, 5GHz memory) using Catalyst 10.5 WHQL
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB (850MHz GPU, 4.8GHz memory) using Catalyst 10.5 WHQL
AMD ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB (725MHz GPU, 4GHz memory) using Catalyst 10.5 WHQL
Asus GeForce GTX 465 1GB (607MHz core, 1,215MHz stream processors, 3.2GHz memory) using ForceWare 257.21
Please note our use of the ForceWare 257.21 driver for the GTX 465 testing. ForceWare 197.75, which was used to test the other cards, failed to recognize the GTX 465 and there was not sufficient time to retest the GTX 470 and GTX 480 with the new 275.21 driver.