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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [11.04.06]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte


The Test

Now let's get to the fun part - performance results! Here is the system we used for testing:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 (Reviewed here)
Memory: 2 GB OCZ PC2 6400 SOE Urban Elite 3-4-4-15 (Reviewed here)
Audio: Disabled
Hard Drive: WD Raptor 36GB 10K RPM SATA
OS: Windows XP Professional 32 bit, SP2, DirectX 9.0c (August 2006 Release)
nvidia Driver: ForceWare 93.71
ATI Driver: Catalyst 6.11

Thanks, as always, to Thermaltake for providing us with the power supply for all our testing. We're using their modular ToughPower 750W now, and it hasn't skipped a beat.

Our benchmarking is real simple: Try to show the average framerate in the latest games, using as high video quality as possible. We aren't going to tell you what is the best framerate to aim for (although I'd suggest to look for 60 fps). From these results, you can decide what resolution to use as well.


The game's built-in benchmarking utility was used to test performance. CPU was set to "Medium"

It appears that neither of these cards have what it takes to use high quality filtering in higher resolutions. That said, they are both quite evenly slow, with the X1650 having a slight advantage.

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