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25 November 2008

CrossfireX 4870X2 vs GTX 280 Tri-SLI

Clash of The Titans:
Radeon HD 4870X2 CrossfireX
GeForce GTX 280 Tri-SLI

The arrival of Intel X58 chipset marks a new era in multi-card gaming technology. The X58 chipset supports both Nvidia and ATI's multi-card platforms. Now gamers opting to build a high end gaming platform can choose ATI's Crossfire/CrossfireX or Nvidia's SLI/3-Way/Quad-SLI technologies.

In today's review, we are going to bench two Radeon HD4870X2 in CrossFireX against three GeForce GTX280 in 3-way SLI. The following review is an abstract of the original article. First, let's take a look at the specification chart of both graphics cards:

ProductGeForce GTX 280
Radeon HD4870X2
2x RV770
Transistor Count
2x 956million
Core Clock
602 Mhz
750 Mhz
Shader1296 Mhz
750 Mhz
ROPS 322x 16
Stream Processors 240
2x 800
Memory Clock
1107 Mhz
900 Mhz
Memory Bus Width 512-bit2x 256-bit
Memory Size/Type 1GB GDDR3
2x 1GB GDDR5
DirectX Support DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
PCI-E Interface PCI-Express 2.0PCI-Express 2.0

Test Platform

CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 @ 3.2Ghz
Mainboard: ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58/ICH10R
Memory: Corsair TR3X3G1333C9 3GB @ 1333Mhz 9-9-9-20 1T
Storage: WD VelociRaptor 300G 10krpm 16MB
Power: Corsair HX 1kW
  • 2x PowerColor Radeon HD 4870X2 2048MB (750/3600)
  • 3x Galaxy GeForce GTX 280 1024MB (600/1300/2200)

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP1 + DirectX 10.1
  • GeForce Forceware 180.48 WHQL
  • ATI Catalyst 8.11 WHQL

PCI Express 2.0 lanes configurations,
  • 1-way: X16
  • 2-way: X16+X16
  • 3-way: X16+X8+X8

Radeon HD 4870X2 CrossFireX

GeForce GTX 280 3-way SLI

Part 1: Introduction & Test Platform
Part 2: 3DMark 06 & Vantage
Part 3: NFS12 & FarCry2
Part 4: Crysis Warhead & CoH
Part 5: LP, WiC & Bioshock
Part 6: Power Consumption & Summary


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