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NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX / GTS (G80) - The World's First DX10 GPU

By Vijay Anand - 9 Nov 2006

Test Setup

Test Setup

Now lets get down to the numbers. Since the vast majority of consumer would still be using Windows XP, we've used the Profession edition operating system as our benchmarking environment choice with service pack 2. The testbed this time round was overhauled to an Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.67GHz) processor with 2GB of DDR2-800 memory operating off Intel's D975XBX motherboard 'Bad Axe'. The following graphics cards were lined up to gauge the new GeForce 8800 stalwarts:-

  • NVIDIA GeForce 8880 GTX 768MB (ForceWare 96.94)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB (ForceWare 96.89)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB - SLI (ForceWare 93.71)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 1GB (ForceWare 93.71)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB (ForceWare 93.71)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT 512MB (ForceWare 93.71)
  • ATI Radeon X1950 XTX 512MB - CrossFire (Catalyst 6.10)
  • ATI Radeon X1950 XTX 512MB (Catalyst 6.10)

The most crucial comparison would be how the GeForce 8800 cards faired against the similarly priced GeForce 7900 GTX, Radeon X1950 XTX and the GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics cards respectively. Dual graphics card solutions of the current high-end were thrown into the mix for knowledge purposes only and are not meant to be seriously compared against the GeForce 8800 single-GPU graphics cards. Besides the dual graphics card combo would far exceed the price envelope of any one single GeForce 8800 graphics card.

Here then are the benchmarks we used to gather the performance results presented in the following pages; new to the group here is Company of Heroes:-

  • Futuremark 3DMark05 Pro (version 120)
  • Futuremark 3DMark06 Pro (version 102)
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3: Chaos Theory (version 1.3)
  • F.E.A.R
  • FarCry (version 1.33)
  • Company of Heroes (version 1.2)
  • Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (version 1.1)
  • Quake 4 (version 1.2)
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