XFX 9800GX2 Quad SLI

3DMark06 & 3DMark Vantage

3DMark® Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware. 3DMark® Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.
Clearly the brute power of the 9800GX2's have the upperhand here, they also scaled slightly better in Quad SLI. Sadly 3DMark Vantage returned a '0' score for the 2560x1600 run on all cards even though the benchmark ran to its completion each time. This could be down to a number of reasons, driver errors, buffer overflow errors but I suspect its simply a bug in Vantage at this early stage in its development.
3DMark® 06 is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's taking advantage of todays multi CPU and GPU performance. 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.
Here we see the opposite of Vantage with the 3870x2 winning out overall. Scaling here was a mixed bag with the 3870x2's scaling well in both single and dual cards but the GX2 is the better once AA/AF is applied at high resolutions. So its pretty much neck and neck for the artificial benchmarks. Let's move on to some real world gaming conditions....
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Most Recent Comments

22-06-2008, 10:49:22

With matured drivers we take a look at where your money should go with regards to a Quad GPU setup. XFX 9800GX2's or ATI 3870X2's.


22-06-2008, 11:31:57

nice review mate,and very impressive results.However I can safely say that there is no way I could justify spending that amount on gfx cards,but would love to try it outQuote

22-06-2008, 11:49:45

Yeah it's alot of money to fork out on GPU's and I don't think I could justify paying that much but before doing the review I was more than content with my quadfire setup...now I have my doubts after playing with the Quad SLI setup.Quote

22-06-2008, 12:01:34

Very nice mate very in depth

whens the 4870 crossfire and 280gtx reviews?Quote

22-06-2008, 12:07:58

nice review... shows everything i wanted to see here.. too bad i cant afford the gx2's. 48*0's should be good though. wouldnt mind seeing a review comparing these to the G260/280


22-06-2008, 12:09:30

looks good

but yea, a 4870 in crossfire also would have added nicely to the comparison

but i'm guessing you can only do so much Quote

22-06-2008, 12:10:03

Nice, you can really see quad sli make its own at 2560x1600Quote

22-06-2008, 14:42:05

Cheers. Yeah it would be nice to test the latest and greatest , especially in SLI/CrossfireX - watch this space.

As a side note would you all prefer the res to be turned down a little as I know not everyone has 24-30" screens (although you should!).Quote

22-06-2008, 16:33:41

Nice review again Rich I think the price is far too high even for the half decent high level performance seen here to be honest

Plus those babies get majorly hot and majorly loud Quote

23-06-2008, 05:45:22

One thing that bothers me is how the gx2 takes 2 slots and the single pcb cards take 2 slots.Quote

23-06-2008, 10:22:20

Basically both GPU's are still cooled efficiently as the GX2 has one large cooler attached to both cores(one either side of the cooler) rather than each core having a separate cooler. The downside to this is that the heatsink needs alot of air to be passed through it which in the GX2's case means more noise.Quote

23-06-2008, 11:24:19

What screen you on webbo? a 30" im guessing... Nice review I can see its not really worth it for me on 24, unless I add loads of AA Quote

23-06-2008, 13:38:49

30" although as the results show a 24" would also be affected though not as much as the res is scaled down.Quote

23-06-2008, 13:39:45

:O lucky buggerQuote

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