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ATI 4870 X2 (R700) GFX

ATI 4870 X2 (R700) GFX

Test System

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 – 2Gb
BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX
Samsung SyncMaster 305T
Asus P5E3 Deluxe Motherboard (4870×2/ GFX and Single GTX 280)
BFG Nforce 790i Ultra (GTX 280 OC)
Intel QX99770 (3.2Ghz – 1600fsb)
4x1Gb DDR3-1600Mhz 7-7-7-20
Akasa 1000w PSU
Benq 16x DVD Writer
LG GBW-H10N Blu-Ray Writer
Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive                               
Via Wireless-G USB card
3x WD Raptor Hard Drives (OS/Games on RAID 0 Drives)
1x Hitachi Deskstar
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
Arctic Cooling Freezer
Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit + SP1
Forceware Release 179.83
Catalyst XXX for X2
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Call Of Duty 4 (DX9)
Grid (DX9)
Assassins Creed (DX10)
Custom Play Golf (DX9)
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (DX9)
Lost Planet Colonies (DX10)
Half-Life 2: Ep2 (DX9)
World In Conflict (DX10)
Crysis (DX10)
Oblivion (DX9)
PowerDVD 8.0

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows Vista was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drive was de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice:
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

Driver Heaven does not use benchmark scripts. We play the games for long periods of time on various levels and report any unusual findings we see. Then we record with FRAPS across several in game levels recording the averages. This is real world testing and is just how you guys will experience the game.  Occasionally we might throw in a time demo as a further comparison, but we will note it.

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.