Dual-GPU Comparison - 3850x2 vs 3870x2 vs 9800GX2
3DMark05 & 3DMark06
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.
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.
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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