GPU Benchmarking Methods Investigated: Fact vs. Fiction

by Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig     |     June 15, 2010

Testing Methodology & System Setup

Processor: Intel Core i7 920(ES) @ 4.0Ghz (Turbo Mode Enabled)
Memory: Corsair 3x2GB Dominator DDR3 1600Mhz
Motherboard: Gigabyte EX58-UD5
Cooling: CoolIT Boreas mTEC + Scythe Fan Controller (Off for Power Consuption tests)
Disk Drive: Pioneer DVD Writer
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
Power Supply: Corsair HX1000W
Monitor: Samsung 305T 30” widescreen LCD
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate N x64 SP1

Graphics Cards:

NVIDIA GTX 470 (Reference)
Sapphire HD 5850 1GB (Stock)


NVIDIA 257.17 Beta


- All games tested have been patched to their latest version

- The OS has had all the latest hotfixes and updates installed

- All scores you see are the averages after 3 benchmark runs

All IQ settings were adjusted in-game or by use of a config file

All games and benchmarks were recorded with FRAPS instead of relying on any other indicators for performance.

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