Written by Mikael Strand Introduction The aim of this article is to give an overview of the performance of our current selection of PCI Express graphics cards. All results should be taken as a guide and only compared with the other results in this article. The results might differ from what you would get using the same graphics card in your system. Benchmarks: 3D Mark 2005 This is a standard 3D Mark run with a resolution of 1024x768 and no AA or AF. Battlefield 2, Patch 1.02 We have created a time demo on the Operation Clean Sweep map. The time demo starts with flying over the battle zone in an F15, then some on-foot fighting and finally driving in a buggy across the battle field. This time demo is run in High detail and Medium detail. Doom 3, Patch 1.3 We are running the included demo1 as a time demo. This time demo is run with Ultra and High detail settings. Half-Life 2 We have created a time demo on the Canals_09. The time demo is of the airboat going on the canals and the helicopters flying over, pushing up water drops with their rotor blades. This time demo is run with High and Medium detail settings. Far Cry, Patch 1.32 We are using the Volcano time demo included with Far Cry. For high end NVIDIA cards, we run this time demo in the High Dynamic Rendering (HDR) setting 1. For all other cards we run the time demo in Very High and High detail settings. Need for Speed Underground 2, Patch 1.2 UK NFSU2 does not have an ability to create time demos. We have used FRAPS to collect the frame rate while trying to drive as consistently as possible. We are using a quick race on the resort map for benchmarking. Half way through the second lap it starts to rain. Using nitro on the long straight in the rain put a big load on the graphics cards. Due to the inconsistent nature of this benchmark it should not be taken as an exact measure. The aim of this benchmark is more to see if NFSU2 is playable at the different settings. Max Power consumption The power consumption has been measured at the wall socket and is for the whole test system. To get the loads that the system put on the Power Supply Unit we need to take away the efficiency losses in the PSU. Assuming the PSU has an efficiency of 80% the calculation would be as follows: (Load at the wall)* 0.80 = Load at PSU Something to bear in mind is that this is a minimum system, 1 HD, 1 DVD and no case fans. Test platform Motherboard: ASUS A8N – SLI Deluxe Power Supply: OCZ Technology ModStream 450W CPU: AMD A64 3500+ Memory: 2 x OCZ PC3700 Platinum Edition 512Mb Harddrive: Samsung SpinPoint P80 80gb IDE DVD-Rom: Sony DDU-1613 Tested grapics cards: Gainward Ultra 3500 PCX Golden Sample Club3D Radeon X300 128mb Gainward Ultra 1960 PCX GLH Edition Club3D Radeon X700Pro 256mb SLI 2X Club3D GeForce 7800GTX Club3D GeForce 7800GTX Gainward Ultra 1760 PCX GS SLI 2 x Club3D GeForce 6600GT 128mb Club3D GeForce 6600GT 128mb Club3D Radeon X800XL 256mb Club3D Radeon X850XT 256mb Club3D Radeon X850XT PE 256mb XFX GeForce 7800GT Drivers For all nVidia cards, except 7800GT, driver version 77.72 was used. For nVidia 7800GT 77.77 was used. For all ATi, except X800Gt(Rx), 5.7. For X800Rx 5.8 drivers.