Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX

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Our Test System & 3DMark06

 

HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEMS: We tested our NVIDIA cards on an Asus A8N32-SLI nForce 4 SLIX16 chipset based motherboard. However, the ATI powered cards were tested on an A8R32-MVP motherboard based on the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset. Both systems used the same AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor and 1GB of low-latency Corsair XMS RAM, though. The first thing we did when configuring these test systems was enter each BIOS and loaded the "High Performance Defaults."  The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows XP Professional with SP2 was installed. When the installation was complete, we installed the latest chipset drivers available, installed all of the other necessary drivers for the rest of our components, and removed Windows Messenger from the system. Auto-Updating and System Restore were also disabled, the hard drive was defragmented, and a 768MB permanent page file was created on the same partition as the Windows installation. Lastly, we set Windows XP's Visual Effects to "best performance," installed all of the benchmarking software, and ran the tests.

The HotHardware Test Systems
AMD Athlon 64 FX Powered

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Hardware Used:
AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (2.6GHz)

Asus A8N32-SLI
nForce4 SLIX16 chipset

Asus A8R32-MVP
ATI CrossFire Xpress 3200

GeForce 7900 GTX

GeForce 7900 GT
512MB GeForce 7800 GTX
256MB GeForce 7800 GTX
Radeon X1900 XTX
Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX


1024MB Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM
CAS 2

Integrated on board

Western Digital "Raptor"

36GB - 10,000RPM - SATA

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Relevant Software:
Windows XP Professional SP2
nForce Drivers v6.85
DirectX 9.0c (March Redist)

NVIDIA Forceware v84.17

ATI Catalyst v6.2


Benchmarks Used:
3DMark06 v1.0.2
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
FarCry v1.33*
F.E.A.R.
Half Life 2*
Quake 4*

* - Custom Test (HH Exclusive demo)

Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06 v1.0.2
Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

3DMark06
Futuremark recently launched a brand-new version of their popular benchmark, 3DMark06. The new version of the benchmark is updated in a number of ways, and now includes not only Shader Model 2.0 tests, but Shader Model 3.0 and HDR tests as well. Some of the assets from 3DMark05 have been re-used, but the scenes are now rendered with much more geometric detail and the shader complexity is vastly increased as well. Max shader length in 3DMark05 was 96 instructions, while 3DMark06 ups the number of instructions to 512. 3DMark06 also employs much more lighting, and there is extensive use of soft shadows. With 3DMark06, Futuremark has also updated how the final score is tabulated. In this latest version of the benchmark, SM 2.0 and HDR / SM3.0 tests are weighted and the CPU score is factored into the final tally as well.

The Toxic's increased clock speeds give the card an obvious edge over a standard Radeon X1900 XTX in 3DMark06's default test, but as an added bonus they even gave the card enough of a boost to overtake NVIDIA's new GeForce 7900 GTX. The difference in performance is minimal though, as you can see.

If we break down the 3DMark06 results, we see that NVIDIA's current flagship is the clear victor in the Shader Model 2.0 tests, besting the Toxic by almost 150 points. The Toxic was again marginally faster than the reference Radeon X1900 XTX.

The Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX was the dominant performer in 3DMark06's Shader Model 3.0 / HDR tests, which explains its overall victory in 3DMark06 as well. Sapphire's flagship video card outpaced the 7900 GTX by 220 points here, or about 9%.

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