ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Video Card Review

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Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision for Xbox 360 , Playstation 3 and PC. It is the fourth installment in the Call of Duty video game series. It was announced on April 25, 2007 and was released on November 6, 2007 in North America. The single player game can be completed in well under seven hours, but the graphics are awesome.  Click the image below to see Call of Duty 4 at 1920×1200 resolution with 4x AA enabled on the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card.

Call of Duty 4 Benchmarking

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare runs on a proprietary graphics engine, and has features such as true world-dynamic lighting, HDR lighting effects, dynamic shadows and depth-of-field. “Bullet Penetration” is calculated by the engine, taking into account things such as surface type and entity thickness. Certain objects, such as cars, and some buildings are destructible. This makes distinguishing cover from concealment important, as meager protection such as wooden fences, thin walls and such no longer provide sufficient protection. The bullet’s speed and stopping power are decreased after penetrating an object, and this decrease is calculated realistically depending on the thickness and surface of the object penetrated. The game also makes use of a physics engine, which was not implemented in previous Call of Duty titles for the PC. Death Animations are a combination of pre-set animations and ragdoll physics. Some mistook the game’s graphics to be DirectX 10 based, but it is stated that the graphics use DirectX 9.

ATI Only Numbers – ALL CATALYST 8.1 Drivers

Legit Reviews is in the middle of updating our test systems to the latest drivers and is now testing all the cards at resolutions of 1920×1200 and 1280×1024.  We just finished all the ATI Radeon 3000 series graphics cards on 8.1 CATALYST Drivers, but haven’t yet completed all the NVIDIA graphics cards. For this reason we split up the test results and we hope you understand why as we are in a transition period and have over 20 video cards to re-test, which takes a long time as we run each benchmark three times and average the results.

Call of Duty 4 v1.2 Benchmark Results at 12800x1024

NVIDIA Results – Forceware 169.06/CATALYST 8.1

Legit Reviews is in the middle of updating our test system to the latest NVIDIA video card drivers, but for now are using Forceware 169.06.   This will be the last time these NVIDIA numbers will be used.

Call of Duty 4 v1.2 Benchmark Results at 12800x1024

Results: Call of Duty 4 had to be one of the best FPS games of 2007 and it is hard on graphics cards when the settings cranked up. At 1280×1024, the 3870 X2 is slower than the 3870 Crossfire setup by abotu 5 fps.  The gap narrows when you crank the resolution to 1920×1200, as there is not quite a 2 fps difference, with the Crossfire setup coming out on top.  When you compare the 3870 X2 against the offering from Nvidia, it does very well for itself as it virtually ties the 8800 Ultra.

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