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Test System Specs & 3Dmark Vantage

Test System Specs: Hardware
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.00GHz
- x2 OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 CL4 FlexXLC Edition Module(s)
- ASUS P5E3 Premium (Intel X48)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)
- ASUS GeForce 9600 GT (512MB) Turbo Force
- ASUS Radeon HD 3870 (512MB)
- ASUS Radeon HD 3850 (512MB) TOP
- ASUS GeForce 8600 GTS (512MB)
- ASUS Radeon 2600XT (512MB)
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 3650 (512MB)
- Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3650 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
- Intel System Driver 8.4.0.1016
- Nvidia Forceware 174.74
- Nvidia Forceware 169.44
- ATI Catalyst 8.4


Believe it or not, loading the Viper Radeon HD 3650 with 1GB of memory seems to have weighed it down, as the Gigabyte version, which operates at the same core and memory clock frequencies, is actually faster. At least this is the case in our first benchmark using Futuremark’s new 3Dmark Vantage software. The Diamond Viper Radeon HD 3650 was only slightly faster than the Radeon 2600XT which failed to test at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200.