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Roundup: Mainstream Graphics Cards From ATI And Nvidia

Graphics Chips Compared And Test Configuration

We used an Intel Core i7-920 CPU overclocked to 3.8 GHz for this round of graphics card testing.

Nvidia Graphics Cards
CodenameGraphics RAMGPU ClockShaderMemory clockSPs
GeForce GTX 275GT200b896 GDDR3633 MHz4.0, 1,404 MHz2 x 1,134 MHz240
GeForce GTX 260 GT200b896 GDDR3576 MHz4.0, 1,242 MHz2 x 999 MHz216
GeForce GTX 260GT200896 GDDR3576 MHz4.0, 1,242 MHz2 x 999 MHz192
GeForce GTS 250G92b1,024 MB GDDR3740 MHz4.0, 1,836 MHz2 x 1,100 MHz128
GeForce 9800 GTX+G92b512 MB GDDR3738 MHz4.0, 1,836 MHz2 x 1,100 MHz128
GeForce 9800 GTXG92512 MB GDDR3675 MHz4.0, 1,688 MHz2 x 1,100 MHz128
Zotac GeForce 9800GT 512MB (9800 GT)G92b512 MB GDDR3660 MHz4.0, 1,600 MHz2 x 900 MHz112
GeForce 9800 GTG92b512 MB GDDR3600 MHz4.0, 1,512 MHz2 x 900 MHz112
GeForce 9600 GTG941,024 MB GDDR3650 MHz4.0, 1,625 MHz2 x 900 MHz64
GeForce 9600 GTG94512 MB GDDR3650 MHz4.0, 1,625 MHz2 x 900 MHz64
GeForce 8800 GTS 512G92512 MB GDDR3650 MHz4.0, 1,625 MHz2 x 972 MHz128
GeForce 8800 GTG921,024 MB GDDR3600 MHz4.0, 1,500 MHz2 x 900 MHz112
GeForce 8800 GTG92512 MB GDDR3600 MHz4.0, 1,500 MHz2 x 900 MHz112
GeForce 8800 UltraG80768 MB GDDR3612 MHz4.0, 1,512 MHz2 x 1,080 MHz128
GeForce 8800 GTXG80768 MB GDDR3576 MHz4.0, 1,350 MHz2 x 900 MHz128
GeForce 8800 GTSG80640 MB GDDR3513 MHz4.0, 1,188 MHz2 x 792 MHz96
GeForce 8800 GTSG80320 MB GDDR3513 MHz4.0, 1,188 MHz2 x 792 MHz96
GeForce 8600 GTSG84512 MB GDDR3675 MHz4.0, 1,450 MHz2 x 1,008 MHz32
ATI Graphics Cards
CodenameGraphics RAMGPU ClockShaderMemory clockSPs
Radeon HD 4890R7901,024 MB GDDR5850 MHz4.14 x 975 MHz800
Radeon HD 4870RV770512 MB GDDR5750 MHz4.14 x 900 MHz800
Radeon HD 4850RV770512 MB GDDR3625 MHz4.12 x 993 MHz800
Sapphire HD 4830 512 MB (HD 4830)RV770512 MB GDDR3575 MHz4.12 x 900 MHz640
Radeon HD 4830RV770512 MB GDDR3575 MHz4.12 x 900 MHz640
Sapphire HD 4770 512 MB (HD 4770)RV740512 MB GDDR5750 MHz4.14 x 800 MHz640
Radeon HD 4770RV740512 MB GDDR5750 MHz4.14 x 800 MHz640
HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670) CFRV730512 MB GDDR3780 MHz4.12 x 1,000 MHz320
Radeon HD 4670 CFRV730512 MB GDDR3750 MHz4.12 x 1,000 MHz320
HIS H467QT512P (HD 4670)RV730512 MB GDDR3780 MHz4.12 x 1,000 MHz320
HIS H467PS1GP (HD 4670)RV7301,024 MB GDDR3750 MHz4.12 x 850 MHz320
Radeon HD 4670RV730512 MB GDDR3750 MHz4.12 x 1,000 MHz320
Radeon HD 3870RV670512 MB GDDR4776 MHz4.12 x 1,125 MHz320
Radeon HD 3850RV670256 MB GDDR3668 MHz4.12 x 829 MHz320

Memory Clock = DDR clock rate x 2, DDR5 clock rate x 4, SPs = Stream Processors, CF = CrossFire parallel configuration with two ATI cards, Shader 2.0 = DirectX 9.0, 3.0 = DirectX 9.0c, 4.0 = DirectX 10, 4.1 = DirectX 10.1

 

Test PC Configuration
CPUIntel Core i7-920 @ 3.8 GHz (20 x 190), BIOS 1.2625 Volt, 45 nm, Socket 1366 LGA
MotherboardAsus P6T, PCIe 2.0, ICH10R, 3-Way SLI
ChipsetIntel X58
MemoryCorsair, 3 x 2 GB DDR3, TR3X6G1600C8D, 2x570 MHz 8-8-8-20
AudioRealtek ALC1200
LANRealtek RTL8111C
HDDsSATA, Western Digital, Raptor WD300HLFS, WD5000AAKS
DVDGigabyte GO-D1600C
Power SupplyCooler Master RS-850-EMBA 850 Watt
Drivers and Settings
GraphicsATI Catalyst 9.6, Nvidia GeForce 186.18
OSWindows Vista Ultimate 32 Bit, SP1
DirectX9, 10, and 10.1
Chipset DriverIntel 9.1.0.1007
  • Bloodblender
    All I can say is that Tom's recent articles have been an excellent read, and this exactly the stuff I (as well as many others) require for their research purposes. Keep up the great work!
    Reply
  • dirtmountain
    Nice article,very well done, but you need to show the 4670 in CF as costing $162, not $81 as shown in the final chart.
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  • rambo117
    the iceQ concept is amazing. keeps my 3870s nice and chilly (70C) while hardcore gaming
    and not to mention they both look intimidating in my case ;)
    Reply
  • pij
    Quick question -

    4770 in crossfire or single 4890 best bet???..
    Reply
  • to me the gaming benches are most important but energy efficiency and heat dissipation run a close 2nd. thanks for providing it all!
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  • Julianbreaker
    Newegg has quite a few 4850s that retail for $100 and it appears to be getting consistently better benchmarks than the 4770. I am confused as to why you would not recommend it over the 4770. Perhaps you are confused by simple maths.
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  • radiowars
    PijQuick question - 4770 in crossfire or single 4890 best bet???..They already did a whole article on that...
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  • bucifer
    I don't understand why you still won't use the 1GB version of the Radeon 4870. It's clear to me that the card is limited by it's amount of video memory when using hi-res, AA and AF.
    Searching for prices in US and Europe it retails cheaper than the GTX260(192 or 216).
    The point is: the card should be included in the test just as the GTX260-216. It's clearly a better option than the 512 mb version and it's good for comparison!
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  • masterjaw
    Nice article here. Most importantly, no unnecessary bias included.
    Reply
  • holodust
    Nice article, but I don't see how testing these cards on i7 920@3.8 fits into mainstream.
    Reply