Dual-GPU Comparison - 3850x2 vs 3870x2 vs 9800GX2
Quake 4 & Unreal Tournament 3
Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. Benchmarking was performed using Quake4Bench and a custom timedemo recording along with 4xAA and 4xAF. The benchmark was set to run a total of 5 times, with Quake4Bench automatically calculating an average result at the end of the run.
With less than 5fps separating all three of the cards on test, the end result all comes down to value. With the 3850x2 being the cheapest in the group (at £211) it snatches the top spot on the CPF scale with the 3870x2 not far behind, and the 9800GX2 trailing in last position.
Unreal Tournament 3 is the highly anticipated game from Epic Games and Midway. The game uses the latest Unreal engine which combines fast gameplay along with high quality textures and lighting effects. All benchmarks were performed using UTbench with a fly-by of the DM-BioHazard map. As usual, all benchmarks were performed 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
Being based on the same "UE3" engine as BIOSHOCK, we could have almost put money on the 9800GX2 being the top of the FPS charts in Unreal considering the results seen on the previous pages. Our bet would have certainly paid off too, with the 9800GX2 giving almost a 50fps advantage at 1900x1200 and 27fps advantage at 1280x1024 when compared with the 3870x2.
However, this advantage still simply isn't enough to justify the high price tag of the 9800GX2, with both the 3870x2 and 3850x2 offering slightly better value for money.
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