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9800 GX2 Benchmark is out!

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March 5, 2008 9:35:42 AM

Hmmmm doesn't look that impressive.
Anybody with an 8800GTX or Ultra (if they have a compatible mobo) would probably do better just to grab another GTX or Ultra for SLi.
I'll bench mine later at those settings and see what I get with and without SLi.
Be interested to see where the 3870X2 would fit in... :D 
March 5, 2008 10:03:28 AM

not impressive at all, with the launch price.
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March 5, 2008 10:06:50 AM

Cummon guys think outside the square....It's not just a Dual GPU, it can also be used as a heater to heat the house on those chillingly cool winter mornings/nights
March 5, 2008 10:08:49 AM

So is there an official launch price?
March 5, 2008 10:10:40 AM

Its 3DMark06.... dont expect a miraculous score off that piece of ****

Seriously people, why do most of you insist on judging a piece of hardware based on a 2 year old benchmark that bases most of its scoring on a Shader model that's no longer used in modern gaming situations. We've all seen the scores capable with a HD2900XT (over 30,000) using seriously overclocked hardware, but do you really think that this card wouldnt be capable of the same?
If these benchmarks were so genuine they'd MOST DEFINITELY of benched Crysis at the same time.

Wait till release day and then we'll see what the score is.
a c 271 U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 10:23:53 AM

:pfff:  I don't give a toss about the card, I want to know what motherboard they used? [:mousemonkey:2]
March 5, 2008 10:58:03 AM

^greatest sig ever
March 5, 2008 11:06:04 AM

Well my 3870x2 bends it over.... but i do agree with dev1se!

I get 12377
5573 sm2
6435 sm3
2483 cpu

i have a picture if u want but i have no idea how to add it to a post (kinda new to the forum scene)
a c 271 U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 11:27:17 AM

mtyermom said:
^greatest sig ever

Ta V.much
bmadd said:
Well my 3870x2 bends it over

Ahh, but wait, maybe it's the drivers.
Yes, lets use the ATi fanboi line of "newer drivers will make the card RoXoRs" [:mousemonkey:1]

March 5, 2008 11:30:57 AM

indeed lets monkey but how often does anyone care about drivers to come??? by that time the initial benchmarking has been done and so has the damage whether good or bad.
March 5, 2008 11:32:08 AM

Dudeson said:
Cummon guys think outside the square....It's not just a Dual GPU, it can also be used as a heater to heat the house on those chillingly cool winter mornings/nights

I live way in the south... high temps AND humidity. Hell, I'm presently sunburned from a 2+ hour bike ride without a shirt... some of us don't need heaters.
March 5, 2008 11:40:41 AM

rodney_ws said:
I live way in the south... high temps AND humidity. Hell, I'm presently sunburned from a 2+ hour bike ride without a shirt... some of us don't need heaters.

ok, use it as your oven then.
Anonymous
March 5, 2008 12:29:30 PM

tipoo said:
ok, use it as your oven then.



Maybe George Foreman can put a patent on it!
:pt1cable: 
March 5, 2008 1:01:11 PM

Can someone with a GTX or Ultra verify the score that this mob got with there cards cause it seems.... off
March 5, 2008 1:08:57 PM

bmadd said:
Can someone with a GTX or Ultra verify the score that this mob got with there cards cause it seems.... off

Once I have windows reinstalled, I'll do it later.
As above, I said I'll do it without SLi and then with and see, firstly what my score is like with one GTX and also how close in comparison SLi'd GTXs get to the supplied figure for the 9800GX2.
It'll be interesting to see no doubt.
Just need to get my PC sorted first! :) 
March 5, 2008 1:12:51 PM

cool banana's. good job in advance luke
March 5, 2008 1:15:32 PM

bmadd said:
cool banana's. good job in advance luke

He he, thanks! :D 
March 5, 2008 1:23:22 PM

they're running 4xaa and 16xaf. That's why the scores look low.
March 5, 2008 1:25:40 PM

so did i. i said i has a pic just dunno how to add it
a c 271 U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 1:30:36 PM

bmadd said:
Can someone with a GTX or Ultra verify the score that this mob got with there cards cause it seems.... off

Calling all owners of 790i mobo's
March 5, 2008 2:12:50 PM

Thing is though according to testers of the 790i, SLI performacne with the G92 core on it rockets. Whereas 8800GTX performance doesnt.


SO tri-sliers could have been ripped off.
a c 271 U Graphics card
March 5, 2008 2:40:09 PM

How dare you even suggest such a thing, bad Hatman bad bad, now go and stand in the naughty corner until you have something good to say about the glory that is nVidia.
March 5, 2008 8:50:05 PM

Right, I've benched my system in comparison to that (as I said I would! :) ) but bear with me, system is not fully optimised as I've just reinstalled windows. I did runs with and without SLi as per my sig in XP Pro SP2, video drivers 174.20 (thanks pauldh!).
Firstly, without SLi-


and with...



Basically, a poor showing for the 9800GX2 if they're the real benchies. My system gets beyond where they say it would with the same settings (AA level 4 (wasn't sure what that meant!) but at 4x, aniso filtering @ 16, 1280x768)
Apologies for no further information, but i'm shattered, so it's bedtime! :) 
Hope they prove of some use! :D 
Luke
March 5, 2008 8:52:03 PM

Oh and I should say, the 'not fully optimised' means that with my reinstall I have 500 3DMark's less, even though I was using technically better drivers and more RAM today!
So some tweaking (not even that, just getting back to where I was!) would see those numbers climb higher!
At normal settings I benched 11248 today and yesterday I benched 11750! :) 
March 5, 2008 8:58:59 PM

wow thats a let down.....
March 5, 2008 9:17:43 PM



there is my 3870x2 running
March 5, 2008 9:23:59 PM

Are you both using multisampling instead of FSAA?

Apart from that IDK, I guess they reported the tests wrong and used something else.
March 5, 2008 9:56:28 PM

Two things:

Benchmarks really mean nothing, performance in games is what we buy the cards for. I can think of a few past Nvidia vs ATI examples where one would have a higher benchmark, but not as great performance in games, etc.

Another thing to consider is that its unlikely these are real, because why would Nvidia release a product thats not really that much better than the last generation...they do test the things before releasing, right? I mean, they would have known this was coming....why...would they continue...?

Odd. Maybe it will be cheap.
March 5, 2008 10:20:12 PM

These tests have to be wrong...I get 9859 3dmarks with an 8800GT 512 using the same settings as the test on 3dmark06.
March 5, 2008 10:48:37 PM

i want to know is there really difference both G98 AND 80
March 5, 2008 11:09:16 PM

I know theres AA & AF involved here but it doesnt seem all that much better than 9600GT's in SLI.....

And the 9600's are cheap!
March 5, 2008 11:58:57 PM

Kinda strange score seeing as it scored 14,298 last week so they must have done something wrong to score that low. I have 3 / 8800Ultras in SLI that scored 21,098 on 3DM06 with a QX9650 at 4GHz and a mild OC on the ultras. My other rig with two 512 8800GTS scored 17,322 with it's QX9650 at 3Ghz.
March 6, 2008 12:22:24 AM

Its because they've activated AA and AF for the bench.


I just love how they keep releasing these 3DM06 benches YET NO REAL GAMING BENCHMARKS
March 6, 2008 12:59:14 AM

March 6, 2008 1:07:46 AM

No their bench is just wrong or a lie... I get close to 10k with a 8800GT 512 with the exact same settings they are using for the OP bench.
a b U Graphics card
March 6, 2008 1:11:45 AM

The NDA is in effect, thats why. Also, on the 14,000 score, it was using a 2.66GHZ Intel chip, which isnt thwe fastest out there
March 6, 2008 3:59:00 AM

With my 8800GTS 512mb I scored a 11433 at those same settings. I doubt those benchmarks are accurate.



March 6, 2008 5:55:56 AM

I'll wait for the official benchmarks to be released. Who knows, there are a lot of fake photoshopped specs and scores being released these days.
March 6, 2008 6:30:03 AM

dev1se said:
Its 3DMark06.... dont expect a miraculous score off that piece of ****

Seriously people, why do most of you insist on judging a piece of hardware based on a 2 year old benchmark that bases most of its scoring on a Shader model that's no longer used in modern gaming situations.
Wait till release day and then we'll see what the score is.


What I'd love to know is why people tell me that they get scores with one 3870 that are higher than mine with the 3870x2? Do they overclock their CPU? Do they have quad cores? I get a mere 9512 with the 3870x2. Yet, it seems to do great in games like Oblivion and The Witcher that benefit from Crossfire.

Futuremark might want to release a game incorporating their benchmark, but either way, they should update every couple of years. 3DMark 06 just seems outdated, and the CPU score just isn't right. Who's using the CPU to render graphics in a modern 3D environment anyways?

Mousemonkey said:


Ahh, but wait, maybe it's the drivers.
Yes, lets use the ATi fanboi line of "newer drivers will make the card RoXoRs" [:mousemonkey:1]


Don't be prejudiced. Nvidia needed driver updates to improve performance and support for their 7950. They needed drivers to improve on Vista performance. Nvidia cards aren't always fastest when drivers actually render what's in the game vs. what Nvidia fudges (i.e. Crysis's water) and so it goes.

Both ATI and Nvidia benefit from improved drivers as support for their cards mature. Anyone who doesn't see that is an Nvidia fanboy.

bmadd said:
Well my 3870x2 bends it over.... but i do agree with dev1se!

I get 12377
5573 sm2
6435 sm3
2483 cpu

i have a picture if u want but i have no idea how to add it to a post (kinda new to the forum scene)


To add it to a post, you'd have to upload it to Flickr or Photobucket. I'm at work on my break and photo sites are banned, so I can't go into mine and add my Orb rating here, but I did it at home in prior 3870x2 threads. It said that there was only one other configuration like mine on record, so I guess not many are getting the 3870x2 who only have X2 4600+ class CPU's.

Oh well, your score shows me that I'm CPU limited. I don't overclock and the stock 2.4 gigahertz is doing me in. Can't wait for May when the Phenom 9750 arrives and I can get it with a 790 motherboard. It probably won't overclock but it will help avoid CPU limits, as will an LCD monitor (saving up for a 24"). I'm still stuck with a CRT.
March 6, 2008 8:29:49 AM

Looking at it in purely 3DMark terms, it's not looking too impressive at the moment.
I certainly won't be running to the shops to chop my GTXs for one! :D 
March 6, 2008 8:43:49 AM

i say good luck to NV i hope it is more like the results from vr-zone. hate to think NV did so well up to now to drop the ball then kick it into there team's goal
March 6, 2008 9:52:11 AM

wait until the card is officially released & new drivers are provided.
March 6, 2008 11:03:17 AM

LukeBird said:
Looking at it in purely 3DMark terms, it's not looking too impressive at the moment.


Remember 3Dmark scores mean notta in the real world, FPS does matter though.


a b U Graphics card
March 6, 2008 11:07:51 AM

apache_lives said:
Great performance comparison - upto 90% faster at rendering then the 8600 GTS - 8600!?!? WTF
Yeah, and the ability to add a second GPU with SLI? Seems it's an 8800GTS box to me. :) 

March 6, 2008 12:18:44 PM

systemlord said:
Remember 3Dmark scores mean notta in the real world, FPS does matter though.

Yeah, very true (my system is testament to that, benches nothing like as much as a C2Q, but FPS are damned impressive) but, I was purely viewing it on those stats.
It'll certainly be interesting to see what nvidia bring to the table, I think the next 3months in GPU's will be very, very interesting!
Just think, the 8800GT& GTS and the 3850 & 3870 will be nigh on obsolete!! :lol:  :lol: 


I jest, obviously!!
March 6, 2008 1:35:03 PM

It also matters where your settings are at. I can gain or lose 2k points on settings alone with my 7900GT on 3DMark06. I know it doesn't seem like a lot, but maybe the margins are larger with better cards. I dunno :( 
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