With Linux SLI being sub par, for testing this year's NVIDIA drivers we had used the GeForce 7800GTX. The GeForce 7800GTX has been supported under GNU/Linux since its launch in June of 2004. The drivers we had tested for our AYiR 2006 were 1.0-8756, 1.0-8762, 1.0-8774, 1.0-9626, 1.0-9629, and 1.0-9742. Below are the components we had used for testing.
|Processor:||AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+|
|Motherboard:||Abit KN9 Ultra (MCP55 Ultra)|
|Memory:||2 x 1GB OCZ DDR2-1000|
|Graphics Card:||NVIDIA GeForce 7800GTX 256MB|
|Hard Drives:||Seagate 160GB SATA2 7200.9|
|Optical Drives:||Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM|
|Case:||SilverStone Crown CW01|
|Power Supply:||SilverStone Zeus ST75ZF 750W|
|Operating System:||Fedora Core 6|
|Linux Kernel:||2.6.18-1.2849.fc6 SMP (i686)|
|Graphics Driver:||NVIDIA 1.0-8756
For maintaining compatibility with the older display drivers we had pulled out Fedora Core 5 Bordeaux. For benchmarking we had used Enemy Territory, Doom 3, Quake 4, and GLOBS. Enemy Territory was used due to its legacy status and long time adoption by Phoronix. RTCW: Enemy Territory was tested at varying resolutions. Meanwhile Doom 3 and Quake 4 were both used to represent current popular Linux-native games. Quake 4 is the most demanding Linux-native game to date, and will likely be until the release of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars in the middle of 2007. Doom 3 and Quake 4 were both benchmarked at varying resolutions and image quality levels. GLOBS (GL Open Benchmarking Suite) is a recent newcomer to Phoronix and has proved to be a reasonable open-source OpenGL benchmark for comparing drivers and hardware components. GL Open Benchmarking Suite was benchmarked with a resolution of 1280 x 1024.