XFX GeForce 9800GX2 Black Edition Review :: Test Setup and Performance

06-01-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

The XFX GeForce 9800GX2 1GB Black Edition should score higher in performance than any single video card on the test bench as it has the highest clock speed of any 9800GX2 and performance higher than everything else. A fresh install of Windows Vista 32-bit Business was used as well as fresh installs of all the drivers. NVIDIA launched their 175.16 Forceware drivers a little over a week ago and those are the drivers I used for tests.

One new test Iíve added is 3DMark Vantage. This is the latest version of Futuremarkís benchmark suite and is a completely DirectX 10 benchmark, meaning that it requires Vista, a video card that supports Pixel Shader 4.0 and a decent CPU to run well. We use the GPU Performance benchmark due to the CPU scores being nearly identical on test runs and different video cards and the fact that 3DMark Vantage does not generate a score when a Preset is modified as we do to run it at 1920x1200.

Test System

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 running 3.2GHz
  • 2GB Crucial Tracer DDR3-2000 running 1600MHz (Synchronous memory/CPU clock)
  • 2 74 GB Western Digital Raptor 10000RPM HDDs in RAID 0 mode
  • ASUS 16X DVD-ROM
  • EVGA 790i Ultra SLI motherboard running 9.64 Forceware motherboard drivers
  • XFX GeForce 9800GX2 1GB Black Edition running 175.16 Forceware
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Business Edition with SP1

Tests

DX9

  • 3DMARK05/06
  • COD4 1280X1024, 1920X1200 4X AA, 16x AF, Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • QuakeWars :Enemy territory 1280X1024 1920X200 4X AA 16X AF Custom Walkthrough
  • Unreal Tournament 1280D1200 4X AA 16X AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • STALKER DX10 demo 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPs walkthrough

DX10

  • BIOShock DX10 1280X1024,1920X1200 4X AA 16X AF, Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • Crysis DX10 1280X1024, 1650X1200 4x AA 16X AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough
  • Lost Planet DX10 demo 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF, Performance test
  • 3DMark Vantage 1280x1024, 1920x1200 GPU score only