Intel Core 2 Duo Q9450 @ 3.2 GHZ
XFX 790i Ultra
2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 @ 1600MHZ
Hitachi Deskstar 250GB
Windows XP Pro 32bit, Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit
To test graphics cards, we use a fresh install of windows XP Pro x86 and Vista Ultimate x86 and run the card(s) through a series of synthetic and real world gaming benchmarks.
The tests that were run were as follows:
- 3Dmark Vantage
- Lost Planet
- Far Cry 2
- Unreal Tournament
All tests were run 3 times with the results averaged to give the final score.
For comparison purposes, we used the previously reviewed 9800GTX+ Black, HIS 4850 and the vastly more expensive Sapphire 4870 x2.