|Sapphire Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X 100281-2GVXSR|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 03 November 2009|
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VGA Testing Methodology
As of October 2009 Benchmark Reviews has discontinued testing on the Windows XP (DirectX 9) Operating System, although it is recognized that 52% or more of the gaming world still use this O/S. DirectX 11 is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the centerpiece of our test platform for the foreseeable future. In many tests, DirectX 10 is utilized on the Windows 7 platform.
According to the Steam Hardware Survey published at the time of Windows 7 launch, the most popular gaming resolution is 1280x1024 (17-19" standard LCD monitors) closely followed by 1024x768 (15-17" standard LCD). However, because these resolutions are considered 'low' by most standards, our benchmark performance tests concentrate on the up-and-coming higher-demand resolutions: 1680x1050 (22-24" widescreen LCD) and 1920x1200 (24-28" widescreen LCD monitors).
In each benchmark test conducted, five tests are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts.
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