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ASUS EAH3870 X2 Top/G/3DHTI/1G/A Radeon HD 3870 X2 Videocard

ASUS EAH3870 X2 Top/G/3DHTI/1G/A Radeon HD 3870 X2 Videocard - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP - which is quite a mouthful to say, by the way - packs in twin ATI RV680 GPUs, packaged together in Crossfire mode on a single PCI Express videocard.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Nov 13 2008   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > ASUS EAH3870 X2 Top/G/3DHTI/1G/A

Videocard Benchmarks: System Specs, 3DMark Vantage, Crysis

Prelude to Benchmarks:

The details of how the ASUS EAH3870 X2 Top/G/3DHTI/1G/A test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. All benchmarks for the ASUS EAH3870 X2 Top/G/3DHTI/1G/A were run in Windows Vista Ultimate, the reference videocards were tested in both Windows XP and Vista for the DX10 benchmarks.

PCSTATS is in the process of making the transition to a Windows Vista only test platform, so keep this in mind as you scan the benchmark results. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Radeon HD ASUS EAH3870 X2 videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775) AMD Athlon64 FX-62 (AM2)
Clock Speed:

14 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz

14 x 200MHz = 2.8MHz
Motherboards:

MSI X48 Platinum (Intel X48 Express)

Foxconn C51XEM2 (NF 590 SLI)
Videocard: ASUS Radeon EAH3870 X2 1G
(Crossfire) ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
Palit Radeon HD 4870X2
ASUS Radeon EAH4850/HTDI/512MA
MSI Radeon ASUS EAH3870 X2-T2D1G-OC

ASUS EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS SLI
Foxconn
8600GTS-256
MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS
Albatron 8600GT-256
MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC
ASUS EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M/A
Palit 9600GT Sonic
Biostar V903GT52-NV1AN *

Memory: Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Test System Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Intel INF 9.0.0.1008
Catalyst 8.8

Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit*

Benchmarks:

3DMark Vantage
3DMark06
Quake 4
FEAR
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet
Crysis

Benchmark results are grouped by GPU manufacturer first (AMD/ATI or nVidia), then by GPU generation, and then by GPU class (high end, mainstream, value). This approach provides a clearer view of how performance can differ from generation to generation, and class to previous generation. The product being tested is marked with the red colour bar. On with the benchmarks!

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage 1.0.1 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark Vantage 1.0.1
Performance Overall: (P) Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 9116
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A n/a
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 8852
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 5579
GPU Score: Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 12983
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A n/a
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 12252
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 5905
CPU score: Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 4814
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A n/a
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 4830
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 4786

An odd driver issue stopped the single ASUS EAH3870 X2 from completing the 3DMark Vantage suite, but the Crossfire version put up numbers comparable with the Palit 4870 X2 2GB.

Crysis 1.2

Source: Electronic Arts

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Crysis uses Microsoft's new API, DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the new engine—the CryEngine 2—that is the successor to Far Cry's CryEngine. CryEngine 2 is among the first engines to use the DirectX 10 framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX 9, both on Vista and Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis 1.2 (no AA) - DirectX10
1280x1024 HQ Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 40.46
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 39.7
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 39.105
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 39.4
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 40.835
1600x1200 HQ Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 38.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 34.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 37.17
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 33.8
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 30.79
1920x1200 HQ Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 35
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 29.9
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 34.07
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 29.7
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 26.2

Crysis seems to be getting bottlenecked at lower resolutions, but as the resolution is scaled upwards the ASUS EAH3870 X2 finally shows some benefit from being run in Crossfire mode - although not quite enough of a performance gain to justify buying two cards. The single ASUS EAH3870 X2 manages to best the Radeon HD 4850, despite the latter's newer core architecture.

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Contents of Article: ASUS EAH3870 X2 Top/G/3DHTI/1G/A
 Pg 1.  ASUS EAH3870 X2 Top/G/3DHTI/1G/A Radeon HD 3870 X2 Videocard
 Pg 2.  AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 Technology Overview
 Pg 3.  Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Twin Radeon 4870 GPUs
 Pg 5.  — Videocard Benchmarks: System Specs, 3DMark Vantage, Crysis
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark 3DMark06
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  Advanced videocard Benchmarks: Crysis, Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 12.  Conclusions: HD 3870 X2 Still Competitive?

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