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

3DMark05 & 3DMark06

3DMark053DMark06
 
3DMark is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's. All 3DMark runs were performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results.
 
3DMark05
 
Despite the 9800GX2 taking the lead through most of the real game benchmarks, 3DMark05 shows a slight preference for the ATI based counterparts, with the 3870x2 taking the lead in the stock resolution benchmarks with the 3850x2 being not far behind. However, when turning the settings up to 1900x1200 with 4xAA, the GX2 fights back, managing a 600+ point lead on its nearest competitor.
 
3DMark06
 
Similar results can also be seen in 3DMark06, with the 3870x2 taking the lead at stock resolutions by just a few points. This is then turned around when AA is added and a higher resolution set.
 
The 3850x2 also manages to produce some decent results, coming just shy of 17k in the stock resolution benchmarks.
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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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