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Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 in Crossfire - Test System Setup and 3DMark06

By: Shawn Baker | AMD CrossFire Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 25, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%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: Forceware 175.16 (9 Series) 177.34 (GTX 260/280) & Catalyst 8.6


We've got the HD 4870 against a flurry of cards here today. The one thing worth nothing is the price of the card; at launch we're able to get into a pair of HD 4870s for under $850 AUD. This is about the same price as a single GTX 280, so when we talk about the performance between two HD 4870s and a single GTX 280, please remember that the two configurations are priced almost identically.




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In our first test we can see where the cards all sit; the HD 4870 in CF offers some good gains over the single card while coming out on top. At the lower resolution we see the HD 4870 by itself outperforming the GTX 260 XXX, but as we go up, the heavily overclocked GTX 260 does come out ahead.


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