CPU: Phenom II 1090T @4.2GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7
RAM: G Skill Ripjaw 1600 7-7-7-24 4gb
Storage: Seagate Baracuda 7200.12 500GB
PSU: Coolermaster Silent Pro 850W
CASE: Corsair 700D
The driver used for testing was CCC 11.10.
For graphics card testing, here at XSReviews our aim is to provide a set of clean, reliable benchmarks. For each test, the test was repeated three times and then an average taken or where results were inconsistent, tests were continued until two concordant results were reached.
The benchmarks consist of a mixture of games and synthetic benchmarks; games testing is carried out through a specifically designed benchmark suite for that particular title or by using a time demo and the utility FRAPS to record the frame rates. The following software was used in the testing of the graphics cards:
- 3Dmark 11
- 3Dmark Vantage
- 3Dmark 06
- Furmark – for temperature testing
- Unique Heaven
- DIRT 3
NB. Crysis Warhead results coming soon, just waiting on the results, Ed.
Overclocking and Thermals
Overclocking the 6950 was very easy. I used Sapphire Trixx to overclock the card and tested stability using Furmark.
The maximum overclock I managed was 1000MHz on the core And 1344MHz on the memory.
The GPU required 1.250v on the core to be able to get this overclock.
Temperatures are all kept at bay by the massive cooler, from stock the GPU sits at 42C and when Furmark is run hits 69C while maintaining quiet operation. When overclocked the card reaches 72C while still running quietly.
3Dmark11 is the latest benchmark released from industry standard firm Futuremark. It is being touted as the de-facto way to test DirectX 11 enabled graphics cards and their capabilities of processing the latest 3D features found in modern games.
Futuremark describes the 3Dmark score as “an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.”
Both tests were done with preset settings, Performance and Extreme respectively.
3DMark Vantage is the industry standard performance benchmark for DirectX 10 gaming PCs. It includes two graphics tests, two CPU tests and six feature tests. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark Vantage is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 10 under game-like loads.
3DMark06 is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX9 performance of your graphics card.
A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.