4670 Crossfire - The secret to budget gaming?

ET: Quake Wars & Far Cry 2 Results

ET:Quake Wars

ET:Quake Wars is a follow-up game to Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory developed by Splash Technology. Using a modified version of id Software's Doom 3 engine along with Mega rendering technology, the game promises high resolution textures, fast gameplay and plenty of explosions. Using the built-in recordNetDemo and timeNetDemo commands, we recorded a 5 minute online gaming session and played it back a total of 5 times at each resolution, calculating the average FPS from the median three results.

ET:Quake Wars Results

ET:Quake Wars CPF

Far Cry 2

FarCry 2 is based upon the Dunai engine developed by Ubisoft and takes advantage of multi-core processors along with support for the DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 API. Running the Far Cry 2 benchmark tool the test was run 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being omitted and the average calculated from the remaining 3.

Far Cry 2 Results

Far Cry 2 CPF

Result Discussion

In ET:Quake Wars the 4670 Crossfire configuration and 4850 are practically indistinguishable from each other, matching FPS results across all three resolutions. However, as the 4670 configuration comes in at around $20 more than a single 4850, the CPF results go slightly in favour of the HD 4850. Interestingly though, the 4670 setup still manages to offer much better value for money than the HIS 4870 and Zotac GTX260.

Far Cry 2 tells a similar story to most of the results over the previous pages, with the Dual 4670's putting in a good show at 1440x900 but then falling into last position once the resolution is increased and filters applied. That said, there really is only a couple of FPS between the 4670 Crossfire and the 4850, but as we already know the 4670 setup has to do much better than that if it's going to compete on the CPF charts.
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