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Overall Performance

The Fastest 3D Cards Go Head-To-Head
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The first percentage value given (Percent fps) is the ratio between the cards, if the overall result is calculated using the frame rates of all tested games added together as the basis. It acts as a method of orientation, so that you are better able to evaluate the basic power of each card. It is a useful overview if you do not know what resolution you wish to use for gaming. The second reason for this table is that, even with extremely different frame rates, the slowest graphics card is still the point of reference at 100%.

Overall performance fps Percent fps
GeForce GTX 280 (1024 MB) 3765.6 4 02.2
GeForce 8800 Ultra SLI (768 MB) 3534.8 377.6
GeForce GTX 280 SLI (1024 MB) 3522.0 376.2
GeForce 9800 GTX SLI (512 MB) 3505.8 374.5
Radeon HD 4870 CF (512 MB) 3482.9 372.0
GeForce GTX 260 SLI (896 MB) 3481.1 371.8
GeForce 8800 GTS SLI (512 MB) 3468.9 370.5
GeForce 8800 GT SLI (1024 MB) 3467.2 370.3
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 3464.8 370.1
GeForce 8800 GT SLI (512 MB) 3411.9 364.4
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 3355.7 358.4
GeForce 9800 GX2 (2x512 MB) 3351.4 358.0
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 3318.1 354.4
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 3241.4 346.2
GeForce 8800 Ultra (768 MB) 3119.8 333.2
GeForce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) 3037.2 324.4
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 2982.7 318.6
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 2965.6 316.8
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 2940.1 314.0
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 2926.4 312.6
Radeon HD 3870 CF (512 MB) 2893.2 309.0
GeForce 8800 GT (1024 MB) 2788.0 297.8
Radeon HD 3870 X2 (2x512 MB) 2787.8 297.8
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 2751.3 293.9
Radeon HD 3850 CF (256 MB) 2589.3 276.6
GeForce 8800 GTS SLI (320 MB) 2473.2 264.2
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 2451.8 261.9
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 2386.7 254.9
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 2369.6 253.1
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 2126.0 227.1
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 2009.9 214.7
GeForce 8600 GTS SLI (256 MB) 1780.7 190.2
Radeon HD 3650 CF (512 MB) 1646.4 175.9
GeForce 8600 GT SLI (256 MB) 1516.4 162.0
GeForce 8600 GTS (512 MB) 1257.9 134.4
GeForce 8600 GTS (256 MB) 1129.6 120.7
Radeon HD 3650 (512 MB) 1002.3 107.1
GeForce 8600 GT (256 MB) 936.2 100.0

The second percentage value (Percent norm.) shows the results of each game separately in percentage terms. The normalization means that the different frame rates across the benchmarks are evened out—otherwise Call of Duty 4 with 180 fps would be weighted six times as much as Crysis at 30 fps. Also, powerful cards with extremely high frame rates would have less influence on the overall results.

The sequence of the cards in this table may change when compared to the overall results. The different frame rates achieved in the individual benchmarks are here evened out, so you can see the actual percentage increase in performance.

Overall performance fps Percent norm.
GeForce GTX 280 (1024 MB) 3765.6 479.1
GeForce GTX 280 SLI (1024 MB) 3522.0 457.3
GeForce 8800 Ultra SLI (768 MB) 3534.8 457.3
GeForce GTX 260 SLI (896 MB) 3481.1 453.8
Radeon HD 4870 CF (512 MB) 3482.9 448.9
GeForce 8800 GT SLI (1024 MB) 3467.2 444.3
GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB) 3464.8 437.2
GeForce 9800 GTX SLI (512 MB) 3505.8 436.6
GeForce 8800 GTS SLI (512 MB) 3468.9 435.4
GeForce 9800 GX2 (2x512 MB) 3351.4 427.2
GeForce 8800 GT SLI (512 MB) 3411.9 425.5
GeForce 9600 GT SLI (1024 MB) 3318.1 425.0
Radeon HD 4870 (512 MB) 3355.7 424.6
Radeon HD 4850 CF (512 MB) 3241.4 424.0
GeForce 8800 Ultra (768 MB) 3119.8 391.9
Radeon HD 3870 CF (512 MB) 2893.2 387.0
GeForce 8800 GTS OC (512 MB) 3037.2 375.4
Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) 2965.6 370.5
Radeon HD 3870 X2 (2x512 MB) 2787.8 368.4
GeForce 9800 GTX (512 MB) 2982.7 367.3
GeForce 8800 GTX (768 MB) 2926.4 364.0
GeForce 8800 GTS (512 MB) 2940.1 361.8
GeForce 8800 GT (1024 MB) 2788.0 342.2
GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) 2751.3 335.0
Radeon HD 3850 CF (256 MB) 2589.3 333.1
Radeon HD 3870 (512 MB) 2386.7 301.3
GeForce 9600 GT (1024 MB) 2451.8 296.2
GeForce 8800 GTS (640 MB) 2369.6 285.0
GeForce 8800 GTS SLI (320 MB) 2473.2 268.5
Radeon HD 3850 (256 MB) 2009.9 239.3
GeForce 8800 GTS (320 MB) 2126.0 231.3
Radeon HD 3650 CF (512 MB) 1646.4 210.1
GeForce 8600 GTS SLI (256 MB) 1780.7 185.6
GeForce 8600 GT SLI (256 MB) 1516.4 160.6
GeForce 8600 GTS (512 MB) 1257.9 148.4
GeForce 8600 GTS (256 MB) 1129.6 122.1
Radeon HD 3650 (512 MB) 1002.3 121.7
GeForce 8600 GT (256 MB) 936.2 102.3

Since the percent value is expressed relative to the minimum value, it is possible that none of the graphics cards drops to 100 percent in all of the games. The basis of the 100 percent is the minimum values of all test candidates.

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