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Test System Specs & 3Dmark Vantage

Core i7 Test System Specs
- 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 (800 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- Radeon HD 4870 (1GB)
- Radeon HD 4870 X2 (2GB)
- GeForce GTX 260 (896MB)
- GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
- GeForce GTX 260 (896MB) SLI
- GeForce GTX 295 (1792MB)
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 181.20 WHQL
- ATI Catalyst 8.12 WHQL (Hotfix)

When testing with 3Dmark Vantage at 2560x1600, the new GeForce GTX 295 is 13% faster than the Radeon HD 4870 X2. This synthetic benchmark also suggests that the GeForce GTX 295 is roughly 3% faster than a pair of GeForce GTX 260 graphics cards running in SLI mode. Either way, a score of roughly 6500pts in 3Dmark Vantage at such an extreme resolution is impressive.