iBuyPower Zillion-FX review: iBuyPower Zillion-FX

3D graphics performance  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Futuremark's 3DMark2001 Second Edition Build 330 (16-bit color)  
Futuremark's 3DMark2001 Second Edition Build 330 (32-bit color)  
iBuyPower Zillion-FX (Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra)
21,674 
21,297 
MPC Millennia 920i (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
18,685 
18,630 
Polywell Poly 900NF3-FX1 (Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra)
19,167 
18,609 
Gateway 700XL (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
18,686 
18,607 
Elite PC Titan 4 (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
17,044 
16,803 
Polywell Poly 880NF3-3200 (Nvidia GeForce FX 5800 Ultra)
17,370 
16,723 

To measure 3D graphics performance, CNET Labs uses Futuremark's 3DMark2001 Pro Second Edition, Build 330. We use 3DMark to measure a desktop's performance with the DirectX 8 (DX8) interface at both 16- and 32-bit color settings at a resolution of 1,024x768. A system that does not have DX8 hardware support will typically generate a lower score than one that has DX8 hardware support.

3D gaming performance (in fps)  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Quake III Arena  
iBuyPower Zillion-FX (Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra)
351.6 
Gateway 700XL (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
329.4 
MPC Millennia 920i (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
327.1 
Polywell Poly 900NF3-FX1 (Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra)
326.8 
Polywell Poly 880NF3-3200 (Nvidia GeForce FX 5800 Ultra)
301.6 
Elite PC Titan 4 (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
272.4 

To measure 3D gaming performance, CNET Labs uses Quake III Arena. Although Quake III is an older game, it is still widely used as an industry-standard tool. Quake III does not require DX8 hardware support--as 3DMark2001 does--and is therefore an excellent means of comparing the performance of low- to high-end graphics subsystems. Quake III performance is reported in frames per second (fps).

Performance analysis written by CNET Labs technician David Gussman.

Find out more about how we test desktop systems.

System configurations:

Elite PC Titan 4
Windows XP Professional, 2.2GHz AMD Athlon XP 3200+; Nvidia Nforce-2 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB; two Western Digital WDC WD360GD-00FNA0, 36GB 10,000rpm; Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATA Raid Controller

Gateway 700XL
Windows XP Home; 3.2GHz Intel P4; Intel 875P chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB; two Seagate ST3160023AS 160GB 7,200rpm Serial-ATA; integrated Intel 82801ER Serial-ATA RAID controller

iBuyPower Zillion-FX
Windows XP Professional, 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-51; Nvidia Nforce-3 Pro 150 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256MB; Seagate ST3120026AS 120GB Serial-ATA 7,200rpm

MPC Millennia 920i
Windows XP Professional; 3.2GHz Intel P4; Intel 875P chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB; two Seagate ST3160023AS 160GB 7,200rpm Serial-ATA; integrated Intel 82801ER Serial-ATA RAID controller

Polywell Poly 880NF3-3200
Windows XP Professional, 2.2GHz AMD Athlon XP 3200+; Nvidia Nforce-2 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX 5800 Ultra 128MB; two Western Digital WDC WD360GD-00FNA0, 36GB 10,000rpm; Highpoint RocketRAID 1520 SATA RAID controller

Polywell Poly 900NF3-FX1
Windows XP Professional, 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-51; Nvidia Nforce-3 Pro 150 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256MB; two WDC WD360GD-00FNA0 36GB Serial ATA 10,000rpm; WinXP Promise FastTrak 376/378 RAID controller

iBuyPower backs the Zillion-FX pretty well, with a reasonable three-year-labor, one-year-parts warranty that includes a year of onsite service. Extended warranties are available. Also better than usual is the lifetime tech support, which is available 24/7 for the first year and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET afterward. Documentation, however, is limited to the Asus SK8N motherboard guide, and online support isn't much help, either.

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