Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review :: Test Setup and Performance

04-21-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

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Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review
Sapphire Pure CrossFire Motherboard Review

One thing about our test system that I'd like to change in the upcoming months is moving to a unified test suite for both our Intel and AMD platforms. That will likely happen once AMD releases the M2 platform in the next couple of months. It's a lot of work to do a new test suite, so that would make an excellent opportunity to do it at that time.


Standard Test System

  • AMD Athlon 64 4000+
  • 1GB Crucial Ballistix DDR400 memory
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs in RAID 0 mode
  • GeForce 6800GT running 82.47 Forceware drivers
  • Ultra X-Finity 600W SLI
  • Windows XP with SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c

Test Software

  • Aquamark 3
  • HL2
  • Sysmark 2004
  • PCMark04
  • PCMark04 Memory
  • Sisoft Sandra 2005 Memory Test
  • Doom3
  • 3DMark05
  • 3DMark03

Crossfire Test Setup

  • ATI X1800XT Crossfire Edition video card running Catalyst 6.2s
  • ASUS X1800XT TOP Card
  • 1GB DDR400
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs
  • Windows XP with SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c

Crossfire Test Software

  • Doom3 32-bit Max Settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • COD2 32-bit Max Settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Quake4 32-bit HQ settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Far Cry 32-bit max settings 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • F.E.A.R. 32-bit Max settings 1024x768, 1280x960,1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • 3DMark05
  • 3DMark03
  • 3DMark06 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200