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Old 07-05-08, 05:45 PM   #37
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Default Re: HD 4870 vs GTX 260

I got BFG GTX 260 card installed 3 hours ago and was very speechless how silent the card fan is. I checked GPU-Z and Rivatuner, shocked to see the idle temp at 52c with the fan running 728RPM, it dead quiet as a dead mice and too silent than both 4870 and 8800GTX ran at around 1600RPM at idle. Ran Crysis benchmark much better than 4870 then checked the temp and the fan RPM, it was 82c and 1150RPM at full load, still too silent.

Here are Crysis Island benchmarks at 1280x1024 VeryHigh 4xAA:

1280x1024 4xAA VeryHigh 8800GTX

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TimeDemo Play Started , (Total Frames: 2000, Recorded Time: 111.86s)
!TimeDemo Run 0 Finished.
Play Time: 121.24s, Average FPS: 16.50
Min FPS: 7.65 at frame 140, Max FPS: 20.37 at frame 1760
Average Tri/Sec: -10500208, Tri/Frame: -636531
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.44
!TimeDemo Run 1 Finished.
Play Time: 114.66s, Average FPS: 17.44
Min FPS: 7.65 at frame 140, Max FPS: 20.37 at frame 1760
Average Tri/Sec: -10880018, Tri/Frame: -623752
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.47
!TimeDemo Run 2 Finished.
Play Time: 114.39s, Average FPS: 17.48
Min FPS: 7.65 at frame 140, Max FPS: 20.37 at frame 1760
Average Tri/Sec: -10880223, Tri/Frame: -622268
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.47
!TimeDemo Run 3 Finished.
Play Time: 114.39s, Average FPS: 17.48
Min FPS: 7.65 at frame 140, Max FPS: 20.37 at frame 1760
Average Tri/Sec: -10914692, Tri/Frame: -624272
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.47
TimeDemo Play Ended, (4 Runs Performed)
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1280x1024 4xAA VeryHigh 4870

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TimeDemo Play Started , (Total Frames: 2000, Recorded Time: 111.86s)
!TimeDemo Run 0 Finished.
Play Time: 198.06s, Average FPS: 10.10
Min FPS: 0.00 at frame 137, Max FPS: 21.57 at frame 75
Average Tri/Sec: -6367465, Tri/Frame: -630564
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.45
!TimeDemo Run 1 Finished.
Play Time: 148.91s, Average FPS: 13.43
Min FPS: 0.00 at frame 137, Max FPS: 21.57 at frame 75
Average Tri/Sec: -8313996, Tri/Frame: -619013
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.48
!TimeDemo Run 2 Finished.
Play Time: 229.21s, Average FPS: 8.73
Min FPS: 0.00 at frame 137, Max FPS: 21.57 at frame 75
Average Tri/Sec: -5386000, Tri/Frame: -617250
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.49
!TimeDemo Run 3 Finished.
Play Time: 159.51s, Average FPS: 12.54
Min FPS: 0.00 at frame 137, Max FPS: 21.57 at frame 75
Average Tri/Sec: -7738421, Tri/Frame: -617162
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.49
TimeDemo Play Ended, (4 Runs Performed)
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1280x1024 4xAA VeryHigh GTX 260

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TimeDemo Play Started , (Total Frames: 2000, Recorded Time: 111.86s)
!TimeDemo Run 0 Finished.
Play Time: 105.51s, Average FPS: 18.95
Min FPS: 11.57 at frame 1949, Max FPS: 26.71 at frame 978
Average Tri/Sec: -12060033, Tri/Frame: -636253
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.44
!TimeDemo Run 1 Finished.
Play Time: 96.61s, Average FPS: 20.70
Min FPS: 11.57 at frame 1949, Max FPS: 27.49 at frame 979
Average Tri/Sec: -12922397, Tri/Frame: -624206
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.47
!TimeDemo Run 2 Finished.
Play Time: 97.64s, Average FPS: 20.48
Min FPS: 11.25 at frame 1945, Max FPS: 27.49 at frame 979
Average Tri/Sec: -12737819, Tri/Frame: -621880
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.47
!TimeDemo Run 3 Finished.
Play Time: 96.65s, Average FPS: 20.69
Min FPS: 10.21 at frame 1952, Max FPS: 27.61 at frame 976
Average Tri/Sec: -12893363, Tri/Frame: -623070
Recorded/Played Tris ratio: -1.47
TimeDemo Play Ended, (4 Runs Performed)
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I am very impressed with the card, well worth the money at 217 from Overclockers UK and will put 8800GTX on ebay next week.

I just measured the PC power consumption at idle and load, here the details:

Geforce 8800GTX: 148W idle, 250W load
Sapphire 4870: 158W idle, 261W load
GTX 260: 101W idle, 250W load

Wow damn impressed with the 101W idle, incredible very low idle power, very cooling temp and too silent for 1.4 billion transistors.
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