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Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Ultimate Edition - Test System Setup and 3DMark06

If you're looking for a HD 3870 with a difference, the passively cooled Ultimate Edition from Sapphire aims to satisfy.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 2, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%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 SP1

 

Drivers: Catalyst 8.5, Forceware 174.53 (9 Series), Forceware 169.25 (8 Series)

 

With our Ultimate Sapphire HD 3870 in hand, let's see how the card is fairing against the 9600GT in both stock and overclocked form. If there's a card to beat at the moment, it's the 9600GT.

 

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.

 

 

In our first test we can see that the Sapphire HD 3870 Ultimate doesn't have any dramas against the 9600 GTs in 3DMark06 at all resolutions.

 

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