4670 Crossfire - The secret to budget gaming?



Gigabyte HD 4850 CardsSumming up the performance of a 4670 Crossfire configuration is certainly no easy task. In benchmarks such as Call of Duty 4 and 3DMark05 it performed admirably often beating the HD4850 1GB and in some cases even the factory-overclocked HD4870. In most other benchmarks the Crossfire configuration went head-to-head with the HD4850 often winning at the lower resolutions but choking once high resolutions or texture filtering were applied. 3DMark Vantage and Crysis on the other hand; were a total disaster, with the Crossfire setup showing serious signs of strain and producing almost laughable results in comparison to  the 4800 series cards and of course the PhysX enabled GTX260.

In terms of value on our CPF scale the HD 4670 setup positioned itself just above the HD 4850, but still quite a way below the HD 4870 and GTX260 in most benchmarks. Add to this the inconvenience, additional noise and flakey support for Crossfire among game developers and it's pretty much safe to say that two 4670's in Crossfire are NOT the secret to budget gaming and a better investment would be in the HD 4850.

However, if you already have a HD4670 in your machine and are looking for a way to crank up the gaming performance at minimal cost, dropping in an extra 4670 will certainly achieve the desired effect and allow you to game alongside the 'big boys'....well at least in a handful of titles.

The Good
- Some games show great improvements.
- Cheap way to substantially improve gaming performance if you already own a single HD 4670.

The Mediocre
- Takes up extra space inside your system.
- Generates more heat and noise.
- Costs (a little) more than a single HD 4850.

The Bad
- Performance in some games is terrible.
- Cannot compete with the HD 4850 at high resolutions in most games.

Thanks to Gigabyte for providing the HD 4670 and HD 4850 cards for todays review.
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17-01-2009, 11:22:04

Nice article, for me personaly ATI still the best in budget gamming, no one can compete (and now entering high end also ), the only problem about two low end cards are that if the guy thinks like me it will be better get a good one and with some more time another one to Xfire / sli, better than buy two low ends that cost a little more than they bigger brother, also as i saw in the review the performance in high resolution (probably because of smaller memory)

but if the dude is not planning to upgrade, all i should say (after seeing this review) is go for it its a Xfire at the price one of card Quote

17-01-2009, 12:41:24

It's a great study in raw fps output of the 2 in xfire.

xfire has had the luxury of being attached to many great Intel 3/4 series mobos. Something that could/should have been exploited more, and used as a twisted dagger.

Whilst the artificial benching of some markers approaching 4 years of age, it would be with reluctance perhaps, that I would immediately dismiss anything benched prior to 3dmark06. Indeed 3dmark06 is living on extremely thin ice. However, this is ofc dependent on what type of gaming u entertain. Being as there has been a lull in great advancements in gaming imagination, yet alone releases, apart from a fist-full of recycled titles, the number of really-new released games - a user can be forgiven for sticking with a game that could be years old.

Be that as it may, if your on a budget, it could be recognized that you could play such games. If u don't subscribe to buying each game as it's released, u would similarly not be on quite a budget perhaps. 3 or 4 new games and u could be in 4xfire. Similarly, u won't be immediately looking at the 64xQQxAA++ capabilities that ur system would take advantage of. Here then u may not be looking at the 4870 or 260 in the same light - ur after raw fps for ur own personal gaming reasons.

Taking a sideways glance at the PhysX aspect, it would probably be a good run to have taken the driver away from the 260 whilst doing the benching. The effect isn't something that will make a tremendous difference, but using the 260 with a PhysX benefit over cards that don't entertain it, and graphing the results as fps or mark related, means we allow the 260 to do the work the others can't but similarly allow them to be compared, has the 260 doing work unnecessarily. Being as a purchasing decision could be made without PhysX in mind, the card is held back - if u like. A few fps ? Purchasers and forum users use those fps and marks as a religion to condemn each others camps.

As a suggestion to a purchasing user, I couldn't really suggest that they shun the quality aspects, but if the enthusiast themselves is on such a budget and is a massive fan of a single type fps game, it could be a pursuit for them. Still not something I could recommend with a clear head over a single card with some quality aspects. If they were an ATI fan, I would urge a 4870, and equally be happier that they not have so much a chance to be calling me cos the driver aspect has done "something".

Good read.Quote

17-01-2009, 13:10:20

Budget Gaming = Xbox 360 Quote

17-01-2009, 17:06:20

May I ask why the CPF was worked out with $$?Quote

18-01-2009, 04:28:17

Ah, if I am allowed to link to another review website, here it presents a 512mb GDDR4 variant of the 4670. Perhaps with 2 of these in crossfire, the higher end benchmarks would be different? Go to Hexus.net and add this rubbish onto the end: /content/item.php?item=16894 (I can't post URLs yet).Quote

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