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Benchmarks: 3Dmark2006, X3: Reunion

Test System Specifications
AMD Athlon64 3800+ Socket AM2
Corsair PC5400 Pro 2GB DDR2
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (nForce5 590 SLI)
Seagate 250GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)
ASUS GeForce 7600GT (256MB)
Albatron GeForce 7300GT (256MB)
Albatron GeForce 7300GT (256MB) SLI
Software
- WinXP 32bit - Microsoft Windows XP Pro (SP2)
- WinXP 32bit - NVIDIA Forceware 91.31
- WinXP 32bit - NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI 9.35



The 3Dmark2006 results are quite interesting, as the single overclocked Albatron 7300GT graphics card is significantly slower than the 7600GT. However, SLI has always been well adapted for 3Dmark2006 and as a result, in SLI mode the standard Albatron 7300GT cards are faster than the 7600GT. Through overclocking they become even faster, though the boost is merely noticeable.



The X3: Reunion performance results are very similar to those of 3Dmark2006, with the single overclocked 7300GT being significantly slower than the 7600GT. However in SLI mode the standard 7300GT cards are slightly faster than the 7600GT. Once overclocked the 7300GT cards find a few more frames per second, which is nothing to write home about after the impressive non-overclocked SLI showdown.