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Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic 1GB Graphics Card - Test System Setup and 3DMark06

1GB HD 4870 cards seem to be rarer than hens teeth, but today we're lucky enough to have Palit's Sonic version in hand.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 6, 2008 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Palit

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: NVIDIA ForceWare 177.79 and Catalyst 8.9

 

Today we'll be checking out the HD 4870 Sonic 1GB from Palit against a stock clocked Sapphire model carrying 512MB of memory as well as some of the top NVIDIA offerings, including their top dog, the GTX 280.

 

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.

 

Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic 1GB Graphics Card

 

In our first test we can see that all the cards sit quite close together. Really, the only time we see a bit of separation is at 1920 x 1200 where the GTX 280 and HD 4870 Sonic 1GB manage to be quite close to each other.

 

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