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Radeon HD 4870 X2: Four Cards Compared

Half Life 2 Episode 2

AMD has an advantage in Half Life 2. With this 3D engine, Radeon graphics chips run slightly better, though the Nvidia cards scale well with the CPU speed of the overclocked quad-core chip. Given its age and the rapid development of graphics technology, this game is now limited by available processing horsepower. Almost all tested graphics cards perform better with a faster CPU.

An exception is the Radeon HD 4850, which cannot take advantage of overclocking the CPU above 1920x1200 with anti-aliasing (AA) turned on. The GeForce 9800 GTX+ is also approaching its limit. At the same resolution, it can only gain another 3 fps. SLI and CrossFire actually reduce the frame rate. Single-chip cards almost always perform better with this 3D engine, allowing you to get the most out of the game.

Driver Comparison: Catalyst 8.9 Versus Catalyst 8.10 w/ Radeon HD 4870 X2

You can see a slight increase in frame rate, but most of it lies within the measurement tolerance.

Half Life 2 Episode 2 in fps12800xAA16800xAA19200xAA12804xAA16804xAA19204xAAOverall
HD 4870 X2 8.10 QX@3.67130.3123.5119.9128.6123.4122.4748.1
HD 4870 X2 8.9 QX@3.67129.9119.7118.1126.5119.7117.7731.6
Performance difference in percent0.33.21.51.73.14.02.3
  • Not only do we have four super-fast Radeon HD 4870 X2s to test, but also a list of 31 other graphics configurations including CrossFire and SLI setups. If you're in the market for AMD's fastest card available, you'll want to see this.

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  • neiroatopelcc
    "Because of accessories and price, Sapphire is our best-buy recommendation."
    One slight warning about sapphire though. If you have problems, don't expect their support team to help you before you've solved the problem yourself!

    I made a ticket regarding some issues with my 4870 on august 7th, and received a reply on the 26th of september! That's 46 days to address an error they simply stated would go away with a bios upgrade from their homepage!

    As for the article, I actually liked the detailed driver errors they encountered. Not that I liked the errors themselves, but I liked them being explained. Usually you just read 'after spending some hours resolving driver errors ....' without getting any wiser.
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  • Pei-chen
    Wow, AMD cards consume power like a Detroit SUV. I like Nvidia GTX 2xx series’ Toyota Prius like efficiency at idle.
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  • ilovebarny
    Why didnt they use the GTX260 Core 216? its like way better than the regular GTX260. And i just read yesterday that Nvidia was only going to make GTX260 Core 216 now. http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10497&Itemid=1
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  • ilovebarny
    And i wish they had SLI'ed the 9800GTX+.
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  • Chizops
    Why didn't they try using core i7 (extreme maybe)
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  • enforcer22
    Pei-chenWow, AMD cards consume power like a Detroit SUV. I like Nvidia GTX 2xx series’ Toyota Prius like efficiency at idle.

    Hmm your right. Power house vs crippled mouse.. yeah your analagy sucked im sure mine did to but all i saw from what you typed was i like weak stuff dont give me more power.
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  • bdollar
    seems to me if you are going to be comparing the highest end cards and even crossfire them for 4x you would have the highest resolution as one of the options. i would think people considering going x2 in crossfire would consider a 30" screen.

    don't get me wrong, i liked the article but would have liked to have seen the resolution spectrum hit the top.
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  • It's nice to see the 9800GX2 included in the tests. I was considering the 4870x2 due to all the rave reviews but they never had the comparison like this against my current 9800GX2. I won't be getting new card anytime soon it seems. Thanks.
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  • cleeve
    Wow, tons of info there, Tino. Nicely done!
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