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Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 in CrossfireX - Test System Setup and 3DMark06

The new dual GPU wielding graphics card from AMD has arrived. We have a look at Sapphire's version of the HD 4870 X2.

| AMD CrossFire Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 11, 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 177.41 (GTX Series), ForceWare 175.19 (9 Series), ATI Catalyst 8.7

 

Today we'll see how the HD 4870 X2 goes up against the single HD 4870, a pair of HD 4870s in Crossfire, a stock clocked GTX 280, the older dual GPU 9800 GX2 and an overclocked 9800 GTX.

 

Fortunately, we've got two HD 4870 X2s on hand with us today so we'll check out how two cards perform when placed together as well.

 

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 worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

 

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 in Crossfire

 

Here we can see the HD 4870 X2 doesn't struggle against the GTX 280. Adding a second card into the mix, while yielding a performance increase, it doesn't give us anything huge.

 

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