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Written by Alex Hanson - Edited by Olin Coles   
Friday, 12 June 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS EN9400GT GeForce 9400GT HDMI Video Card
ASUS EN9400GT Features
ASUS EN9400GT Specifications
Closer Look: EN9400GT
EN9400GT Detailed Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
Passmark Performance Test
Crysis Benchmark Results
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
Lightsmark Benchmarks
EN9400GT Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
9400GT Final Thoughts
EN9400GT Conclusion

Video Card Testing Methodology

VGA Testing Methodology

ASUS_EN9400GT_GPU-Z_9400GT.jpgAt the start of all tests, the previous display adapter driver is uninstalled and trace components are removed using Driver Cleaner Pro. We then restart the computer system to establish our display settings and define the monitor. Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. The synthetic benchmark tests in 3DMark06 will utilize shader models 2.0 and 3.0, while the video games will use their own proprietary game engine. For lower-end VGA products we test at 1024x768 (15-17" standard LCD), 1280x1024 (17-19" standard LCD), and 1680x1050 (22-24" widescreen LCD). In our higher-end VGA product tests we conduct add the 1920x1200 (24-28" widescreen LCD) resolution. In some tests we utilized widescreen monitor resolutions, since more users are beginning to feature these products for their own computing.

Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.

In these tests I will utilize 1920x1080 (1080p) since that is the standard resolution for HDTV and since this video card is geared toward those with HTPC's and will most likely be viewed in that resolution. Some of the tests were also done at the lower high definition resolution of 1280x720 (720p) for comparison. Since most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, it was decided that DirectX 9 would be used for all tests until Microsoft offers Windows 7 to replace the Vista.

Test System

  • Motherboard: EVGA 132-CK-NF79 (NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI SPP Chipset)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale Socket 775 LGA @ 3.00GHz (Overclocked @ 3.85GHz)
  • System Memory: OCZ 2GB DDR3 Dual Channel
  • Disk Drive: WD Caviar Black 640GB SATA with 32MB cache
  • Monitor: SOYO 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor (1920x1200)
  • PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower W0155RU 1000W PSU
  • Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 3

Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0
  • Passmark Performance Test v7.0
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark
  • Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark Demo
  • Lightsmark2008 v2.0 Video Card Test
Product Series PNY NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT ASUS NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
Stream Processors 32 16 192
Core Clock (MHz) 540 550 602
Shader Clock (MHz) 1188 1375 1296
Memory Clock (MHz) 700 400 1026
Memory Amount 256 MB GDDR3

1024 MB GDDR2

896 MB GDDR3
Memory Interface 128-bit 128-bit 448-bit
  • PNY NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT (540 MHz GPU/950 MHz RAM/1188 MHz Shader - Forceware 182.50)
  • ASUS NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT (550 MHz GPU/400 MHz RAM/1375 MHz Shader - Forceware 182.50)
  • EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (602 MHz GPU/1026 MHz RAM/1296 MHz Shader - Forceware 182.50)

Now we're ready to begin testing video game performance with these video cards, so please continue to the next page as we start with the 3DMark06 results.



 

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