4670 Crossfire - The secret to budget gaming?

Call of Duty 4 & Crysis Results

Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions along with fast game play. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10-minute long game play demo was recorded and replayed on each of the GPU's using the /timedemo command a total of 5 times. The highest and lowest FPS results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.

CoD4 Results

CoD4 CPF Results

 
Crysis

Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.

Crysis Results

Crysis CPF Results
 

Result Discussion

Once again things start off looking really good for the 4670 Crossfire configuration in CoD4 with the only competition at lower resolutions coming from the GTX260. As the resolution is increased the 4870 is given a chance to catch up, almost matching the dual 4670's score, but unlike we previously predicted the 4850 is absolutely nowhere to be seen and sits in a firm last place. This certainly bodes well for the CPF (cost per frame) scores, with the 4670 Crossfire setup showing the best value for money out of all the cards.

Crysis on the other hand, much like the 3DMark Vantage benchmark; puts the 4670's through hell. While it has to be said that at the lowest resolution of 1440x900 the cards are only within a few FPS of the 4850, once the resolution is bumped up the whole experience becomes a slideshow almost to the point where we could have closed FRAPS and counted the time in between each frame ourselves.

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