At VR-Zone, we eat, live and breathe benchmarks. Everything ranging from watching Synthetic 3DMark to replaying Quake timedemos has a possibility of becoming our benchmarking diet. When new generations of graphics accelerators come in, we see a steady trend in framerate increase. Watching technolgy beat is naturally orgasmic for us hardware enthusisasts. We’ve been sacrificed to populate g33kd0m so you have an easy choice in deciding what hardware to buy. icon razz Sapphire X1600 PRO Tested!

setup Sapphire X1600 PRO Tested!

It’s might be a messy setup, but it’s where beautiful hardware shines.

Before we go on to elaborate on the benchmarking and results, let’s take a look at our test platform.

CPUIntel Core Duo T2500 @ 2.4 GHz (200 X 12)
MotherboardAopen i975Xa-YDG
RAMCosair XMS2 5400UL DDR667 3.2.2.6
PSUAntec TruePower 550W
HDDHitachi DeskStar 7200RPM/8MB SATA2
GFXLeadtek 6600GT 128MBSapphire ATi X1600 PRO 256MB
Graphics DriversForceWare 91.31Catalyst 6.6
Other SoftwareIntel 8.0.1.1002 Chipset Driver/ATi Tool 0.25 Beta 14

This MoDT (Mobile On Desktop) setup use a Yonah CPU to make use of Intel’s Core Duo architecture in minimising CPU bottlenecks. This way, the GPU can work as fast as it can without being pulled down by the rest of the system.

Synthetic 3D Tests: 3DMark03 and 3DMark06 were carried out at default settings.

F.E.A.R. was benchmark on Graphics: Maximum and Computer: Minimum at 1024 X 768 resolution.

Half Life 2: Lost Coast was benchmarked at 1280 X 1024 at High settings without HDR, with 4xAA and 8xAF.

Quake 4 was benchmarked on Ultra Quality settings at 1280 X 1024.

All driver settings were at default.