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Review: GeCube HD2600XT X2 DDR2 1024MiB - GEMINI 3

by Tarinder Sandhu on 14 November 2007, 08:29

Tags: Gecube

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System setup and notes

Graphics cardsGeCube HD 2600XT X2 1024MiB DDR2Sapphire HD 2600XT X2 1024MiB GDDR3GeCube Radeon RV630XT X-Turbo2 256MiB GDDR4XFX GeForce 8600 GT XXX 256MiB GDDR3
GPU clock speed (MHz)796.5 796.5 796.5620
Shader clock speed (MHz)796.5 796.5 796.51355
Memory clock speed (MHz) 900 1584 21961600
Memory bus width (bits) 128 128 128128
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40GHz, 4MiB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB, LGA775)
Motherboard Asus P5K Premium WiFi AP Edition (P35 + ICH9R) eVGA NF68 (NVIDIA NF6 680i SLI)
BIOS revision 0204 691N0P20
Memory 1GiB (2 x 512MiB) OCZ26671024ELDCGE-K PC5400
Memory timings and speed 4-4-4-8 @ DDR2-667
Disk drive(s) 160GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 (3Gb/s mode)
Mainboard software Intel Inf Update NVIDIA platform driver 9.53
Graphics driver CATALYST 7.9 final CATALYST 7.7 final ForceWare 158.22
Operating system Windows XP Professional - 32-bit with SP2


3D Benchmarks Far Cry v1.33
Quake 4 v1.30
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory v1.05

Testing notes

Benchmarks were conducted at 1280 x 1024 4x AA 8x AF and 1600 x 1200 no AA 8x AF. These are likely resolutions and image-quality settings for mid-range cards and we've run the cards through three popular games. A lack of memory bandwidth will hurt the GeCube card when compared to the Sapphire dual-GPU model. We clearly understand that the asking price of dual-GPU cards is considerably higher than the SRP of single-GPUs', and we'll tot-up the value-for-money aspect when we take a look at the cards' HEXUS.bang4buck.

As always, we ran each benchmark three times and then calculated the arithmetic mean. If any of the three results looked erroneous, we threw all three away until we could collect a set that was within a margin of statistical error. We report any major attempts needed to get three reliable results, of course. Apart from that, things are as noted on the graphs and in the graph commentary. Want to know more? Head for the