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Sapphire HD4870 TOXIC 1GB Graphics Card

Sapphire HD4870 TOXIC 1GB Graphics Card

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Test Setup

Sapphire Radeon HD4870 Toxic

Intel Q9550
Asus P5Q Deluxe
2x2gb Corsair Dominator DDR2 PC2-8500
Asus MK241
Corsair 750w PSU
Seagate 500gb 7,200 RPM
Thermalright TRUE Black
Silverstone TJ10b

Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit + SP1
Catalyst 8.12
Call of Duty: World at War
Tomb Raider Underworld 
Left 4 Dead 
Crysis Warhead 
World in Conflict
Race Driver: Grid
Everest Ultimate

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

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Stuart Davidson

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