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Test System Specs

In total we tested 29 different graphics card configurations using both ATI and Nvidia chips that ranged from the ultra expensive models to budget-minded offerings. As mentioned previously, we tested using high and medium graphics presets. 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 a minute of gameplay from the first level. The Intel Core i5 750 processor was overclocked to 3.8GHz in an attempt to remove any CPU bottlenecks that could influence high-end graphics cards scores.

We will be looking for a minimum of 60fps for stutter-free gameplay.

Core i5 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i5 750 (Overclocked @ 3.80GHz)
- x2 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 8-8-8-20)
- Asus P7P55D-E Premium (Intel P55)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- Radeon HD 5870 (1GB) Crossfire
- Radeon HD 5870 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 5850 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 5770 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 5750 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 5670 (512MB) Crossfire
- Radeon HD 5670 (512MB)
- Radeon HD 5570 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 5450 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 4890 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 4870 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 4850 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 4830 (512MB)
- Radeon HD 4770 (512MB)
- Radeon HD 4670 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 4650 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 3850 (512MB)
- Radeon HD 3650 (1GB)
- Radeon X1950 Pro (256MB)
- GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
- GeForce GTX 275 (896MB)
- GeForce GTX 260 (896MB)
- GeForce GT 240 (512MB)
- GeForce GT 220 (512MB)
- GeForce 9800 GT (512MB)
- GeForce 9600 GT (512MB)
- GeForce 8800 GS (384MB)
- GeForce 8600 GTS (256MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 195.62
- ATI Catalyst 10.1
- ATI 8.69 RC3 Win7 Vista (Jan14)