Dual-GPU Comparison - 3850x2 vs 3870x2 vs 9800GX2

Call of Duty 4 & Bioshock

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 gameplay. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10 minute long gameplay 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.
 
Call of Duty 4 - FPS
 
Call of Duty 4 - Cost Per Frame
 
Call of Duty 4 shows a clear preference for the 9800GX2 at both 1280x1024 and 1900x1200 resolutions, with the card leaving both the 3850X2 and 3870x2 in the dust. However, when converting these results to our CPF (Value Per Frame) chart both the ATI 3850x2 and 3870x2 beat the 9800GX2 in lower resolution gaming, with the GX2 just managing to fight back when it comes to gaming at 1900x1200.
 
 
BIOSHOCK
 
Bioshock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine it has a large amount of advanced DirectX techniques including excellent water rendering and superb lighting and smoke techniques. All results were recorded using F.R.A.P.S with a total of 5 identical runs through the same area of the game. The highest and lowest results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
 
BIOSHOCK - FPS
 
BIOSHOCK - CPF
 
Just when we thought the Call of Duty benchmarks were quite embarrassing for the ATI 38**x2 series of GPU's, BIOSHOCK takes things even further, with the 9800GX2 obtaining a whopping 70FPS advantage over the 3870x2 at the lower 1280x1024 resolution, and an equally impressive 43FPS advantage at 1900x1200. This huge performance margin is more than enough to secure the 9800GX2 a place at the top (or bottom - depending on how you look at it!) of the CPF scale, with the 3850x2 and 3870x2 cards fighting for the overall 2nd position.
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07-06-2008, 12:23:52

JN
"We pit three dual-GPU cards against eachother so see which offers the best performance per pound."

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Dual-GPU Comparison - 3850x2 vs 3870x2 vs 9800GX2

07-06-2008, 12:31:10

ionicle
good review as always

good to see that ATi have actually worked their way into a comfortable spot in the market

07-06-2008, 12:40:29

FleX.overclock3d
kool - should be a good read as ive just bought a 9800GX2 and already own a 3870X2

07-06-2008, 12:54:03

Rastalovich
I`m always keen to see comparisons on a per-cost basis. I think it`s very important for people who intend to build the best pcs they can, with the budget they have available.

It`s not merely the case that with limited funds ur going to end up with a crap pc, but more that u have to be wizer about the parts u use for what. Value.

Same is to be said for cpus.

The only thing about these comparisons is that they can change so quickly. Next week or month, the prices change and the performance per cost changes - and yet u `can` be left with the memory of what the previous review said.

I`d like to see a push for a sale based on what grocery supermarkets have for products.

There are enough benches about, and as long as all the factors are taken into consideration - maybe at the start of each year, some1 like Futuremark can name a "performance" pc, afa they concerned. Thereafter in the year, the products for sale can have $4.50/frame08 ($3.75/frame08OC) - or something similar attached to them - based on their results within that PC setup.

Crazy idea, but it only takes some1 in someplace like Futuremark to mention it at a meeting and we`ll all be seeing it in the ads. Don`t think they necessarily need to take to AMD/nVidia about it, and have their legal people draw up a waterproof disclaimer.

Meh, I`d like it. Same for cpus.

07-06-2008, 14:15:09

Luigi
Yup, the frame per pound is very good

Its good to see a review that compares them all..

08-06-2008, 15:59:37

Hatman
Except a 3850x2 is like impossible to find and 3870x2 are cheaper anyway

Whatever happened to the GDDR4 models then :S

Nice review though, I think cards should be based on frames relative to money a lot more.

24-06-2008, 08:43:08

vwxy868
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