Test Setup and Test Methodology
JMke AGP Test Setup
|CPU ||AMD Athlon 3200+ @ 2Ghz |
|Cooling ||TTIC NPH-K8 with Arctic Cooling 92mm fan @ 7v|
|Mainboard ||MSI K8N Neo|
|Memory ||2 * 512Mb PC3200 G.Skill|
|Other ||Coolermaster ATCS 201 Mid Tower Case|
Asus 6600 GT
Coolermaster 500W Real Power
Maxtor 200GB Sata HDD
Maxtor 80GB SATA HDD
Creative Audigy 2 ZS Pro
Plextor 8x DVD Writer
As you can see from the specifications above, this system is nowhere near high end, with only a 2ghz Athlon 64 (single core, socket 754) and dated 6600GT AGP video card, the gaming performance leaves much to be desired when you want to play the latest games.
We ran through a few different games using the build in benchmark where available (FEAR, Painkiller, Supreme Commander) or rely on FRAPS to do repeated manual run-throughs (Oblivion). Mixing resolutions and AA/AF settings we try to see what image quality we can set and still keep playable frame rates.
The latest ATI Catalyst drivers were used with the HIS X1950 Pro (7.2), as well as the latest NVIDIA drivers on the 6600GT (93.71).Comparing performance results
While we loved to have a NVIDIA 7800GS AGP for comparison, we couldn’t get our hands on one in time for this review; what we settled on is the previous budget king from NVIDIA, the 6600GT, which proved immensely popular thanks to a very competitive price and good performance in (then current) games.
The Asus 6600GT we acquired comes with a loud stock cooler, which was quickly switched to a Zalman VF700 Fatality edition. Set at only 5v the VF700 kept the 6600GT’s GPU cool and was extremely quiet.
Compared to the HIS X1950 Pro the Asus 6600GT is dwarfed, a real dual slot monster:
Inside the Coolermaster ATCS 201 room is limited and longer VGA cards do run into trouble with the hard drive racks. The HIS X1950 Pro did fit, but it was a close fit:
Onto the benchmarks ->