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Old 08-18-08, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default My 4870x2 vs 4870 tests

Another benchmark run, I will use 90% of the games used in my previous test. Games that have been excluded are:

- Assassin's Creed, because I have lost the savegame point
- Lord of the Rings Online, because testing was done in DX10 and after latest LOTRO patch DX10 is broken, it "kind of" works but it's unstable and the option for DX10 distant landscape has been disabled by developers, so comparison wouldn't be fair.

I have added a couple of new games that I didn't bench on the 8800GTX, but I have tested with the 4870 before removing it:

- Call of Juarez DX10 Benchmark
- Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts Benchmark
- Timeshift

The following settings are used:

- Resolution 1920x1200
- 4xMSAA (unless other specified)
- 16xAF
- Vsync disabled
- Default video card clocks
- 3 Ghz CPU speed (333x9)
- Vista Home Premium x64 SP1
- Catalyst 8.6 Hotfix for the 4870 / 8.8 Beta (8.52.6) for the x2
- AA and AF always from game setup, not forced via drivers

To do: Full Crysis benchmarks (very soon) and Lord of the Rings Online benchmarks (when Turbine fixes DX10)

On the left you get a graph with the FPS of the scene that you can see on the right in both cards. In games where I have used the built-in benchmark, you will get minimum, average and maximum.

Half Life 2 Episode 2















As you can see, Half Life 2 scales great on the first levels, but the last two show very similar performance. I don't know if it depends on the kind of scene, but it looks like Crossfire scaling is not constant in this game. I have re-run the last two tests many times, obtaining very similar numbers. I have noticed in those maps that the fan of the card does not spin as fast as in the others, it looks like the driver isn't enabling Crossfire, maybe it has something to do with Catalyst AI, or maybe is some kind of CPU bound. I would like that anybody with this card could test those maps too (just start a new game and go directly to chapters 6 and 7).

Bioshock



Fantastic performance here, close to double performance. But as in Half Life 2, I wonder whether it will be constant all the game. Sandly I didn't take other screenshots of other parts of the game with the 4870, but I will if I find out how to disable one of the cores and run with Crossfire disabled.

BloodRayne 2 (Walterman's FSAA patch)



This old DX8 game, although greatly enhanced by Walterman's patch, shows a small performance decrease with Crossfire

Devil May Cry 4



Another title that scales very good. Performance is insane.
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Crysis 64bit (DX9 High no AA)



Crysis performs really well on the 4870x2, AA is free, even at 8x in DX9. I did this bench without AA, but more Crysis benchmarks will be available soon with high AA modes

Gears of War (DX10)











Another title with irregular performance, the x2 reaches full 60 fps in some of the levels where the 4870 couldn't, however there are a couple of maps where it reaches the same FPS. Very strange.

Race Driver Grid


Almost double performance again, Grid really loves ATI 4000 cards

STALKER


I have no words for this one, it's amazing to watch Stalker with a high detail mod pumping 120 frames per second. Double performance, rock on!

Shadowgrounds Survivor


This game also benefits from the dual 4870, nice performance boost.

Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts

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Clive Barker's Jericho











This game has been very underrated IMO, I really like it and it's and another title that scales really well with Crossfire. BTW performance with 8xAA is the same than 4x.

The Witcher (2xAA)



No Crossfire at all in the masterpiece of CD Projekt, I really hope future ATI drivers will fix it. If anyone got different results, please let me know.

Tomb Raider Legend



Very nice performance boost, this game has needed some graphics card generations to reach constant 60FPS with 4xAA, vSync and Next-Gen content at Full HD resolution. At last!

Two Worlds



Very small Crossfire benefits for that title

Rainbow Six Vegas 2



This UE3 powered game also shows a little gain in Crossfire, maybe in more demanding levels it will be more noticeable

Call of Juarez



This game also uses Crossfire nicely

Timeshift



Another one that loves dual cards, impressive boost

(sorry no picture for TimeShift and Call of Juarez, 20 pictures per post limit)
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Nice work man.
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Good work!! .. awaiting the Crysis very high benchies!
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Yeah, I have to give you huge props too. Incredible reviews there.
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Gears of War has a framerate cap at 62. That's why you're seeing similar results.

Supposedly there's a way to disable it, but it's tricky. I couldn't figure out how in the short time I messed with it.
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Thanks for the hard work dude!

Tempted to get a X2 but, its like USD$500+ right now in HKG....will wait for a few more weeks.
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