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Radeon HD 4830: High-Speed, Cheap CrossFire

Synthetic Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage

To start, let's have a look at 3DMark Vantage and see what general performance indications we can get from this synthetic benchmark. Before we dig into this one, we would like to make it clear that the Nvidia-specific PhysX optimizations were turned off for our runs here. This is because we have found that it gives Nvidia cards an unrealistic advantage that is only applicable in a handful of titles available. Perhaps that will change, as the company is announcing increasingly significant partnerships with game developers. But for the time being, those performance results are unrepresentative of the titles available.

As you can see, the performance of the Radeon HD 4830 and GeForce 8800 GT seem to be very close. CrossFire and SLI performance are fairly similar to a single Radeon HD 4870 X2 card at the low-resolution Performance setting, but as resolution and detail are raised to the Extreme preset, the 4830 CrossFire and 8800 GT SLI configurations fall quite a bit behind.

3DMark can, at best, provide us with a general idea as to how graphics cards will perform in the real world. Our 3DMark bench seems to indicate that the Radeon HD 4830 and GeForce 8800 GT deliver very competitive results, even when run in multiple-card configurations. Armed with this expectation, let’s move on to the real-world benchmarks.

  • badge
    Great look into the 4830. Makes me want to buy a Xfire setup using these.
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  • Doltron
    If you couldn't get Tray Tools to work with the Sapphire card why not use another program? Instead of giving up and coming up with a lame conclusion.

    Also 993*2 doesn't equal 1885 and the 4870 is clocked at 750 not 780.
    Your sound and temp charts have FPS on their X axis.
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  • hannibal
    It's nice to see good cards from both companies, ATI and NVidia!
    And the price is not bad at all. The competition is so good!
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  • neiroatopelcc
    The chart on page two sais 4850 runs at 625 - but stock is 600, and 4870 at 780 - which is 750 stock ... so is the 4830 speed correct?
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  • cangelini
    Numbers and charts are corrected.
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  • cangelini
    Actually stock clocks on the 4850 *are* 625. :P
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  • V3NOM
    I'm sure i saw that "4850 - smarter by design" article at anandtech first. or somewhere else... the name anyway not necessarily the article >.>
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  • giovanni86
    I knew that the 8800GT wasn't that fast, but those benchmarks ahve to be wrong... Sorry Nvidia fan boy here. Bye.
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  • V3NOM
    Um actually, the MSI runs at x16/x8 in SLI mode. If you instead got an evga 750i FTW motherboard, you would find it runs at x16/x16 in sli, thanks to its unlocked NF200 chip. the 750i FTW is not a reference nvidia board as the MSI is.
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  • V3NOM
    LOL at 1680x1050, the 4870X2 IMPROVES when 4xAA is added? i smell a rat...
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