4670 Crossfire - The secret to budget gaming?

3DMark05/06/Vantage Results

3dmark

3DMark is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's. All 3DMark runs were performed a total of 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results.

3DMark05 Results

3DMark06 Results

3DMark Vantage Results
 

Result Discussion

3DMark05 sees a good start for the Gigabyte 4670 Crossfire configuration with the power of two cards managing to not only beat the Gigabyte HD 4850 1GB, but also the overclocked HIS 4870 and the Zotac GTX260 216 too! This trend continues as we enter the higher resolutions with the 4670 setup once again beating the 4850 and GTX260 cards and only losing out to the 4870.

However, the smug smile is soon wiped off the 4670 Crossfire's face once we enter 3DMark06 with both the HIS 4870 and the Zotac GTX260 pulling way ahead of the discount duo. The 4850 unfortunately just can't compete at lower resolutions and only manages to regain ground once the resolution is bumped to 1900x1200 with 4x AA.

Moving on to the grueling 3DMark Vantage, both the 4850, 4870 and GTX280 get a chance to point fingers and laugh at the 4670 Crossfire setup as it falls completely flat on its face. Granted that PhysX acceleration comes into play here, but in most cases the Zotac GTX260 comes within a whisker of doubling the 4670 Crossfire's results.

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