4670 Crossfire - The secret to budget gaming?

3DMark05/06/Vantage Results


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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17-01-2009, 11:06:12

"Take two low-end HD 4670's, add one Crossfire connector and you have the recipe for budget gaming. Or do you?"


4670 Crossfire - The secret to budget gaming?

17-01-2009, 11:22:04

Nice article, for me personaly ATI still the best in budget gamming, no one can compete (and now entering high end also ), the only problem about two low end cards are that if the guy thinks like me it will be better get a good one and with some more time another one to Xfire / sli, better than buy two low ends that cost a little more than they bigger brother, also as i saw in the review the performance in high resolution (probably because of smaller memory)

but if the dude is not planning to upgrade, all i should say (after seeing this review) is go for it its a Xfire at the price one of card

17-01-2009, 12:41:24

It's a great study in raw fps output of the 2 in xfire.

xfire has had the luxury of being attached to many great Intel 3/4 series mobos. Something that could/should have been exploited more, and used as a twisted dagger.

Whilst the artificial benching of some markers approaching 4 years of age, it would be with reluctance perhaps, that I would immediately dismiss anything benched prior to 3dmark06. Indeed 3dmark06 is living on extremely thin ice. However, this is ofc dependent on what type of gaming u entertain. Being as there has been a lull in great advancements in gaming imagination, yet alone releases, apart from a fist-full of recycled titles, the number of really-new released games - a user can be forgiven for sticking with a game that could be years old.

Be that as it may, if your on a budget, it could be recognized that you could play such games. If u don't subscribe to buying each game as it's released, u would similarly not be on quite a budget perhaps. 3 or 4 new games and u could be in 4xfire. Similarly, u won't be immediately looking at the 64xQQxAA++ capabilities that ur system would take advantage of. Here then u may not be looking at the 4870 or 260 in the same light - ur after raw fps for ur own personal gaming reasons.

Taking a sideways glance at the PhysX aspect, it would probably be a good run to have taken the driver away from the 260 whilst doing the benching. The effect isn't something that will make a tremendous difference, but using the 260 with a PhysX benefit over cards that don't entertain it, and graphing the results as fps or mark related, means we allow the 260 to do the work the others can't but similarly allow them to be compared, has the 260 doing work unnecessarily. Being as a purchasing decision could be made without PhysX in mind, the card is held back - if u like. A few fps ? Purchasers and forum users use those fps and marks as a religion to condemn each others camps.

As a suggestion to a purchasing user, I couldn't really suggest that they shun the quality aspects, but if the enthusiast themselves is on such a budget and is a massive fan of a single type fps game, it could be a pursuit for them. Still not something I could recommend with a clear head over a single card with some quality aspects. If they were an ATI fan, I would urge a 4870, and equally be happier that they not have so much a chance to be calling me cos the driver aspect has done "something".

Good read.

17-01-2009, 13:10:20

Budget Gaming = Xbox 360

17-01-2009, 17:06:20

May I ask why the CPF was worked out with $$?

18-01-2009, 04:28:17

Ah, if I am allowed to link to another review website, here it presents a 512mb GDDR4 variant of the 4670. Perhaps with 2 of these in crossfire, the higher end benchmarks would be different? Go to Hexus.net and add this rubbish onto the end: /content/item.php?item=16894 (I can't post URLs yet).

19-01-2009, 12:36:57

Heaven Can Wait
Says in the article you can get one for 55, done a fair amount of searching and it seems the cheapest is nearer to 65

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