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The Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH MyViVo
&
The Abit Siluro FX 5900 OTES
Two GeForce FX 5900s Square-Off...

By - Marco Chiappetta
August 19, 2003

       

HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM:

The Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH MyViVo and Abit Siluro FX 5900 OTES were tested on an i875P "Canterwood" based MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R motherboard, powered by a Pentium 4 3.0CGHz processor (800MHz Bus).  The first thing we did when configuring this test system was enter the BIOS and loaded "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.  The AGP aperture size was then set to 256MB.  The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows XP Professional with SP1 was installed.  When the Windows installation was complete, we installed the Intel chipset drivers and then hit the Windows Update site to download and install all of the available updates, with the exception of the ones related to Windows Messenger.  Then we installed all of the necessary drivers for the rest of our components and Windows Messenger was disabled and removed from the system.  Then Auto-Updating and System Restore were disabled, the hard drive was de-fragmented 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 the tests at our CPU's default clock speed.  All of the benchmarking was done with ATi's and NVIDIA's drivers configured for maximum visual quality.  ATi's "Quality" Antialiasing and Anisotropic filtering methods were employed throughout our testing, while the Performance slider available on NVIDIA's "Performance and Quality" driver tab was set to "Quality".  For the "4X AA + Aniso" tests listed in our graphs, we enabled 4X AA and 8X Anisotropic filtering in both NVIDIA's and ATi's driver panels.

HotHardware's Test Setup
Not Quite Top of the Line!

Common Hardware:
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 3.0GHz / 800MHz System Bus
MSI 875P Neo-FIS2R
512MB (256MB x2) Corsair XMS3200C2
Seagate Barracuda V 7200 RPM SATA 120GB Hard Drive

Common Software:
Windows XP with SP1
DirectX 9.0a
Intel Chipset Software v5.00.1012
Intel Application Accelerator RAID Edition v3.0

Video Cards Tested:
Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH MyVIVO (128MB)
Abit Siluro FX 5900 OTES (128MB)
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (128MB)

Video Drivers Used:
ATI Catalyst Drivers v3.5 - WHQL Certified
NVIDIA DetonatorFX Drivers v44.67
& v45.23

Performance Comparisons With Gun Metal
DirectX 9.0 Gaming

For our first set of tests, we used the relatively new Gun Metal benchmark developed by Yeti Studios.  Like all of the other benchmarks we used in this review, Gun Metal is based on an actual game.  Gun Metal uses Vertex Shader 2.0 and Pixel Shader 1.1 ops in the creation of its game world.  Due to this fact, the Gun Metal benchmark is heavily GPU & system bandwidth limited, and because Yeti's intent was to stress all modern 3D accelerators, 2X Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic filtering are enabled by default and cannot be disabled.

In this test, the NVIDIA powered cards held onto a small lead over the ATi Radeon 9800 Pro when we used the brand new v45.34 Detonator FX drivers.  However, when the v44.67 drivers were used with the 5900 had a much larger margin of victory; in the neighborhood of 20%.  As expected, the performance of the Leadtek and Abit cards are virtually identical when using the same drivers.  Only a fraction of frame per second separate the Siluro and A350 at either resolution.

Next Up: More DirectX Testing
  

Tags:  Win, Abit, fx, leadtek, fast, DT, EA, K

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