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Test System Specs & Notes

In total we tested 18 different graphics cards using both ATI and Nvidia chips that ranged from the ultra expensive models to budget-minded offerings.

As mentioned previously, we only tested using maximum graphics quality settings, but doubled our tests with AA/AF settings enabled and disabled. The latest official drivers were used for all graphics cards, which saw both Crossfire and SLI working correctly.

For measuring frame rates we relied on FRAPS where we recorded 2 minutes of gameplay from the first level at the bridge crossing. This is a very impressive looking scene that made for an ideal place to test these GPUs. We also overclocked our Core i7 965 EE processor to 3.7GHz in an attempt to remove any CPU bottlenecks that could influence high-end graphics cards scores.

We will be looking for an average of 60fps for stutter-free gameplay.

Test System Specs: Hardware
- Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (Overclocked @ 3.70GHz)
-x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 9-9-9-24)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- Inno3D GeForce GT 220 (1GB)
- Asus Radeon HD 3850 (512MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 4670 (512MB)
- Asus GeForce 9600 GT (512MB)
- Asus GeForce 9800 GT (512MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 4850 (512MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 4770 (512MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5750 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 4870 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5770 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 4890 (1GB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 260 (896MB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 275 (896MB)
- AsusGeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5850 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5870 (1GB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5770 (1GB) Crossfire
- Asus Radeon HD 4870 X2 (2GB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 295 (1792MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 191.07
- ATI Catalyst 9.10