ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition - GeForce 6800

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HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEMS:

We tested the ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition on an EPoX EP-8KDA3+ motherboard, powered by an AMD Athlon64 3200+.  The first thing we did when configuring this test system was enter the BIOS and load the "High Performance Defaults."  Then we set the memory to operate at 200MHz (Dual DDR400) with the CAS Latency and other memory timings set by SPD and the AGP aperture size set to 256MB. The hard drive was formatted, and Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 was installed.  After the installation completed, we installed the latest Intel chipset drivers and then hit the Windows Update site to download and install all available updates. Next, we installed all of the necessary drivers for the rest of our components and Windows Messenger was disabled and removed from the system. Auto-Updating and System Restore were also disabled, the hard drive was defragmented, and a 768MB permanent page file was created. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance," installed all of the benchmarking software, and ran all of the tests.


Test Bed:
ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition - GeForce 6800
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
HIS Excalibur X800 Pro w/256MB GDDR3
NVIDIA
GeForceFX 5900 XT
EPoX EP-8KDA3+ nForce3 250Gb Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2GHz
2X256MB Kingston PC3500
Onboard 10/1000 Ethernet
Onboard Audio
Western Digital 30GB 7200RPM
Windows XP Pro SP1
NVIDIA Unified Driver v4.27
NVIDIA ForceWare v61.77
ATI Catalyst v4.7
DirectX 9.0c
Software:
Final Fantasy XI
Halo
Splinter Cell
Unreal Tournament 2004
Comanche 4
AquaMark 3
Far Cry
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Image Quality Comparison
Good, Better, Best...

As always, we like to throw some gaming screen shots your way to show what a video card is capable of.  Naturally, with all the fuss about the release of Doom 3, we thought it was a good place to start.  To show what the ASUS V9999 could do, we set the card to High Quality in game with 16X Anisotropic Filtering set under the advanced settings.  This resulted in a very good gaming experience with equally good graphics quality.

    

    

While I can't admit that Doom 3 is the best game I've ever played, there is no denying how good it looks.  After battling my way through the Mars station, through countless dark corridors, and piles of dead zombies and other hellacious creatures, it was time to enter Hell.  But before that, we needed to deal with some other baddies with an attitude problem.  We're particularly taken with our friend with the chainsaw.  Right down to the strands of hair, otherwise known as "comb over," he looked pretty frightening with an attitude to match.  But thanks to the BFG, we put him out of his misery.  The really impressive graphics came when we met up with the greeting party at the gates of Hell.  From the streaming fire swirling into the room to the big fella waiting at the entrance, the picture was sharp and detailed with fluid game play.  What else is there to say? The ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition has the muscle to make Doom 3 look and play great.


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