The details of how the MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC Radeon HD
3870 X2 videocard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific
hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are
indicated below. All benchmarks for the videocard were run in Windows Vista
Ultimate, the reference video cards 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 and Intel CPU test platform, so keep this in mind as you scan the
benchmark results. In the second column are the general specs for the reference
cards this Radeon HD 3870 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
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
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.
The MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC turns in some impressive
results in the 3DMark Vantage test, but the generational gap between the HD 3870
X2 and AMD’s latest GPUs is quite profound. The HD 3870 X2 seems to require a
Crossfire setup to equal the performance of a single Radeon HD 4870 X2. On the other hand, that
sweet Palit HD 4870 X2 videocard runs about $500. We’ll see
how they do in gaming benchmarks, but first, 3DMark06.