Date: January 15th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: HIS
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Although I did try for over two hours to establish a stable overclock, whatever was stable in one gave would turn out not to be in another. In the long run the only seting that had zero problems were the stock overclocked settings set by HIS in the first place. When you see that this card is overclocked 65Mhz on the core at 685Mhz and is overclocked 107Mhz (214Mhz DDR) at 2200Mhz on the memory, then you see that this card is pretty well tapped out for overclocking headroom.
The Testbed is comprised of:
Intel QX9770 Extreme Quad Core 3.2Ghz Processor Check Prices
Gigabyte P35-DS4 Premium Motherboard Check Prices
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2Gig PC-8500 DDR2 Memory Check Prices
Windows XP Professional SP3 Check Prices
Maxtor 250gig SATA-150 HD Check Prices
PCI Express Videocards Benchmarked Against:
Sapphire Toxic HD4850
Sapphire Atomic HD3870 X2
Sapphire Atomic HD4870 X2
Benchmarking Programs Are:
Half Life 2 Episode 2 HOC Benchmark (8x AA / 16x AF)
Far Cry ( 8x AA / 16x AF)
Call of Duty 2 TechPowerUp Benchmark (Maximum Graphics Quality) (8x AA / 16x AF)
Crysis (8x AA / 16x AF)
Crysis WarHead (8x AA / 16x AF)
Quake Wars : Enemy Territory (8x AA / 16x AF)
Devil May Cry 4 (8x AA / 16x AF)
All tests are done using DX9c seeing we will be running Windows XP for maximum performance. In most games today, there is almost no difference in visual quality that can noticed when you compare DX9c vs DX10.1. DX10.1 involves installing Vista which in itself is a huge performance hindrence that most gamers avoid. Relative performance comparisons can be made seeing the difference will be relatively the same for each DirectX version.
Throughout the testing of this videocard, I will be showing you how this card performed on the system mentioned above using the following programs at 1024x768 and 1280x1024 resolutions. Higher resolutions will be added over the coming months.
Both testing situations will be benchmarked with stock and overclocked settings initialized separately.