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HD 3870 in Crossfire vs. HD 3870 X2 - Test System Setup and 3DMark05

You've seen the HD 3870 X2 in action; but can't decide whether or not to run two HD 3870s instead? We set you straight.

| AMD CrossFire Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 29, 2008 5:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)

 

Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)

 

Motherboard(s): ASUS Blitz Extreme (Supplied by ASUS)

 

Memory: 2 X 1GB Corsair XMS3 DDR-3 1066MHz 7-7-7-21 (Supplied by Corsair)

 

Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA-2

 

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista

 

Drivers: Catalyst 8.1

 

Instead of worrying about all the lower resolutions and what not we've decided to keep it simple. The minimum resolution we've run here is 1920 x 1200 and when possible we've also ran 2560 x 1600. The only game to differ from this is FEAR which uses resolutions as close to the aforementioned ones as possible.

 

We're still using the official Catalyst 8.1 driver as well.

 

3DMark05

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 130

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark05/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.

 

For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.

 

 

Our first test shows the X2 coming out in front, though not by a huge margin.

 

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