At KitGuru when we test graphics cards we try our best to build a test system that suits the intended target audience. The GTX 460 768MB card from Galaxy is a reasonably priced card for those entering the enthusiast market. Our test system today will be built using the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H v2.0 motherboard and overclocked HexaCore AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor running at 3.5 GHz. Our OS drive today will be a 64GB Kingston V-Series Rev2 SSD and all files and applications are on a 500 GB WD SATA II drive.
The test system was built from scratch with a Windows 7 Professional install. All the available updates have been installed using Windows Update.
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H v2.0
HexaCore AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Galaxy GTX460 768MB PCI-e
4GB G Skill DDR III 1600
SilverStone Strider Plus 850w modular PSU (80 Plus Silver rating)
Sentey Arvina GS-4000 Full Tower
Kingston 64 GB V-Series SSD (OS drive)
Western Digital 500 GB SATA II(Storage)
Samsung 22X DVDRW optical drive
Samsung Sync Master 245BW
Windows 7 Professional x64
FRAPS Professional x64
Nvidia 260.99 WHQL
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.1
Lost Planet 2 Benchmark
Aliens vs Predator
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Battlefield Bad Company 2
All the latest bios updates and drivers are used during testing. We perform under real world conditions, meaning KitGuru test all games across five closely matched runs and average out the results to get an accurate median figure.
Our minimum frame rate game graphs have three main zones. These are sampled over a specific 30 interval period of time and then mapped into a chart. These are handy reference guides to detail worst case performance of the product being reviewed. When we test video cards we try to find the best combination of resolution and image quality settings while still maintaining playable frame rates.
Over 30fps is the zone most people want at all times, this means perfectly smooth frame rates with no hitching.
Between 30fps and 25fps is the KitGuru ‘Playable’ zone, although some people might notice occasional stuttering in specific scenes.
Under 25fps is classed as the KitGuru ‘Danger Zone’ which means that the game experience will be less than impressive. Settings and/or resolution would need lowered to help smooth out the frame rate