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Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 X2 Graphics Card - Test System Setup and 3DMark06

The HD 3870 X2 has proven itself to be quite the beast in some situations. We look at a reference model from Sapphire.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 10, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%      Manufacturer: Sapphire

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): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingston PC6400 DDR-2 3-3-3-10 (KHX6400D2ULK2/2G) (Supplied by Kingston)

 

Hard Disk(s): Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA-2 7200.10 (Supplied by Seagate)

 

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista

 

Drivers: Catalyst 8.2, Forceware 169.21 (Win XP), Forceware 171.16 (Win Vista)

 

The X2 doesn't always see big gains over the competition, so what we've got here today is the standard HD 3870 from ASUS along with a mildly overclocked 8800GT from Foxconn which comes in at about 1/2 the price of the X2.

 

3DMark06

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110

 

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

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark06 is the very latest version of the "Gamers Benchmark" from FutureMark. The newest version of 3DMark expands on the tests in 3DMark05 by adding graphical effects using Shader Model 3.0 and HDR (High Dynamic Range lighting) which will push even the best DX9 graphics cards to the extremes.

 

3DMark06 also focuses on not just the GPU but the CPU using the AGEIA PhysX software physics library to effectively test single and Dual Core processors.

 

 

AMD continue to work hard on cranking up big numbers in 3DMark06, and the X2 isn't any different. It clearly comes out ahead of everything else.

 

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