Dual-GPU Comparison - 3850x2 vs 3870x2 vs 9800GX2
Crysis & F.E.A.R
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 benchmarks scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
In keeping with the results over the previous page, the 9800GX2 takes the lead in both the FPS and CPF scores. Interestingly there is very little difference in the FPS results of the 3870x2 and 3850x2, giving both cards very similar Value Per Frame scores. Considering there is less than 5fps difference between both cards, it would certainly seem that the 3850x2 is the more sensible buy for Crysis.
F.E.A.R. is a game based on the Lithtech Jupiter EX engine. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects. 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.
Anyone see a pattern emerging here? Yes, once again the 9800GX2 is in the lead when it comes down to outright graphical performance, with the 3870x2 and 3850x2 not too far behind in the 1900x1200 results. However, this time round both of the ATI cards show a great performance/value ratio and manage to beat out the 9800GX2 by a significant margin.
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