Palit Radeon 4870 X2 CrossFire Video Card Review

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The Test System

The Main Test System

The ATI test system was running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit with SP1 and all available Microsoft updates. The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 was using CCC 8.8 beta drivers. All results shown in the charts are averages of at least three runs from each game or application used.

The Video Cards:

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 (500MHz/1800MHz GDDR5)
  • PNY GeForce GTX 280 (602MHz/2214MHz)
  • BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 (602MHz/2214MHz)

All of the ATI video cards were tested on our Intel X48 Express Test platform, which is loaded with the latest and greatest hardware.  The Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770 ‘Yorkfield’ processor was used for testing as it proved to be the best desktop processor when it comes to game performance. The test system was also loaded with 4GB of memory and water cooled to ensure throttling of the processor or memory wouldn’t cause any issues. The Corsair DDR3 1600MHz memory kit was run at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 memory timings. The Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 motherboard was running BIOS version F5, which was the most recent available at the time. It should be noted that the Radeon HD 4870 X2 was run on the Coolermaster 1000W power supply when running in CrossFireX mode as the Corsair HX 620W power supply was unable to handle the load. The Corsair HX 620W power supply would run the cards and was pulling more than 791W from the wall, but the games were artifacted and the +12V rail was low.  A quick switch to a bigger PSU and the issue was resolved.

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770

Motherboard

Gigabyte X48T-DQ6

Memory

4GB Corsair PC3-1600C9  

Video Cards

See Above

Hard Drive

Western Digital SATA RaptorX

Cooling

Corsair Nautilus 500

Power Supply

Corsair HX620W

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

The Main Test System

All of the NVIDIA video cards were tested on our nForce 790i SLI Ultra test platform, which is loaded with the latest and greatest hardware.  The Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770 ‘Yorkfield’ processor was used for testing as it proved to be the best desktop processor when it comes to game performance. The test system was also loaded with 4GB of memory and water cooled to ensure throttling of the processor or memory wouldn’t cause any issues. The Corsair DDR3 1600MHz memory kit was run at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 memory timings. The EVGA 790i SLI Ultra motherboard was running BIOS version P06, which was the most recent available at the time. All graphics cards were run with Forceware 177.83 video card drivers installed.

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770

Motherboard

EVGA 790i SLI Ultra

Memory

4GB Corsair PC3-1600C9  

Video Cards

See Above

Hard Drive

Western Digital SATA RaptorX

Cooling

Corsair Nautilus 500

Power Supply

Corsair HX620W

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

Now that we know exactly what the test system is, we can move along to performance numbers.

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