Dual-GPU Comparison - 3850x2 vs 3870x2 vs 9800GX2
Call of Duty 4 & Bioshock
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 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 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.
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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