R600 testing week - Wednesday
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 09 May 2007

OK, off we go - it's time to start our ultimate-performance quest. After a few pretty long and hard-to-digest articles about R600 theory (before you even think about checking this article to its very end, make sure that you read our First and our Second R600 tech-related article, and then - it's time to go to practice. We've been playing with these cards for quite awhile now, and so far we managed to produce more then 800 scores when testing and comparing R600 in single-GPU and CrossFire mode with direct competition - 8800GTS 640 and 8800GTX (single-GPU and SLI). We've devided our journey in a couple of parts covering just about every platform worth mentioning - first, today - NVIDIA's NF590 SLI (4x and 8xAA today, 16xAA tomorrow, we have to retest to make sure that our scores are correct), Intel's 975, NVIDIA's 680i and, our personal OC favourite, RD600-based motherboard for Intel CPU's, a platform with no forseeable future, but well, we gotta have one showoff thing, so don't mind us....
To be completely honest with you, we went through quite a shuffle to find some of these old motherboards we haven't been using for months now. We sincerely don't remember the last time we used our M2N32-SLI Premium motherboard (sometime last year), while P5W Deluxe has "been around" from time to time. When we cleaned them up from a centimeter of dust they manage to collect we realized that they're still working without any problems. And we'll be pretty happy to retire them after this test, as well as the "specially-for-this-test-bought-6000+". Ah well, it had to be done....

So, here's the "short" list of hardware used in our insane amount of testing, all of the platforms, all of the components:
- ASUS P5W DH Deluxe
- EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1
- ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium
- AMD X2 6000+
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
- OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-8000 (2x2x1GB)
- AMD Radeon HD2900XT
- OCZ and EVGA 8800GTX
- ASUS 8800GTS 640MB
- OCZ GameXstream PSU (new revision, rewired for 8-pin PCI-E connector)
- Corsair HX620
- OCZ Vindicator coolers
- WD RaptorX's 150GB
- Pioneer DVR-110BK's

- Dell 3007WFP 30" LCD monitor (up to 2560x1600)
- Benq FP241W (up to 1920x1200)

We used a couple of pretty-much regular settings - 4xAA/16xAF and 8xAA/16xAF, with three different resolutions, 1280x1024, 1920x1200 and 2560x1600. We figure this is gonna be more then enough to understand what kind of product this is and to pick your own card from NVIDIA it competes with. For starters, game tests only. So, take a deep breath and here we go.

As far as benchmarks are concerned, here's a list of benchmarks and versions used for testing:
- FarCry 1.4
- FEAR 1.08
- Company of Heroes 1.05
- Prey 1.2
- Stalker 1.0001
- Supreme Comander v3223
- Oblivion 1.2.0416
- X3

Very special thanks to all of the companies that supported us while we invested roughly 100 working hours on these tests, so, this one goes to OCZ, Corsair, Intel, DFI, ASUS, WD and EVGA.

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