|GIGABYTE GeForce GT-240 HDMI Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 05 January 2010|
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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). Normally, 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), but for cards in this class we've replaced the 1920x1200 resolution with 1280x1024, and adjusted the parameters of the benchmark programs to better match the lower capabilities of these cards, reducing rendering quality and post-processing features. You're going to see some pretty low frame rates, but remember that cards in this class, advertising hyperbole notwithstanding, are not intended for gamers. You need at least 30 frames per second to achieve a smooth, stutter-free experience in a game, but in general should aim for a much higher average frame rate, since any game will have more-demanding sections that can drop the frame rate well below the average for the entire game.
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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