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13 March 2008

GeForce 9800 GX2 vs Radeon HD 3870 X2: Part 3

Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2 vs AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2: Part 3

Part 1: Introduction & Test Platform
Part 2: Benchmarks
Part 3: More Benchmarks & Conclusion

Continued from Part 2...

Call of Duty 4

Highest possible setting, with vertical sync off.

The result speaks for itself.

Half-Life 2: Episode 2

Highest possible settings.

Yet again, 9800GX2 beat the 3870X2 by 30.3% and 51.2% respectively.

Unreal Tournament 3

Texture detail and World Detail at maximum, V-sync disabled.

Just like the previous game benchmarks, 9800 GX2 took the lead easily without AA.
But performance decreased drastically with 4xAA/16xAF turned on, resulting with a single digit fps on the average. Thus the score is once again recorded as zero. (There were no errors encountered here)

Compatibility Issue:

On Gigabyte X48, the R680 had no problem running through all tests. But the 9800 GX2 could only pass 3DMark06 on the very same board. Running any other games would results in errors, or worse, BSoD. Since we know from the previous test that SLI needs to be enabled for maximum performance, yet Intel chipset based boards do not support SLI, we might be looking at a compatibility issue here.

It was then the GeForce 9800GX2 moved to the Striker II Formula platform, where it managed to perform all tests. On the other hand, the 3870 X2 maintained its stability on both platforms. We have to give credit to AMD on its compatibility advantage. In conclusion, we would advice those considering the 9800 GX2 to get a Nvidia chip based motherboard.

Part 1: Introduction & Test Platform
Part 2: Benchmarks
Part 3: More Benchmarks & Conclusion

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Anonymous said...

why not test with the 3870 x2 on a amd chipset instead of intel chipset score would be diffent

Anonymous said...

I don't get it? GF Is worse from RADEON when the all powerfull 4XAA-16XAA is closed!!That means that even the new card of ENVIDIA still can't play the Crysis at full performance!!!!Then why they even bother to make a new card when even crysis is to much for them???Also i readed that the modell shader is still 4.0 for GF and for the RADEON is 4.1!Well i guess that my next card is gona be for sure the AMD Radeon HD 3870!

Anonymous said...

Test both on their respective motherboards. i'm running a single 3870x2 on a 79fx amd chip set and i run crysis noooo sweat. My card doesn't even get hot! With games continuing to be more like crysis (as far as the demand on the platform) i think Nvidia missed this one. Especially since the 3870x2 is CHEAPER by alot. $400 compared to $600 respectively on ebay. Way to go ATI/AMD you built a winner! and to nvidia Keep trying you'll get there eventually!

Anonymous said...

the geforce card was on a beta driver, what happens on a proper driver? beta drivers are never going to be as good as the proper driver

oPalRx7 said...

When was the last non-beta driver for enVy? And for wich series? I think this is the source for the problems..

Anonymous said...

After all of this taking into consideration. Would it be wise to upgrade a GF 8800 GTS 320MB to Radeon HD 3870 x2, or maybe it would be best to wait for Radeon HD 4xxx serie?

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