Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
The modified and overclocked GeForce 9800 GTX working at 875/2188MHz can’t overtake the Radeon HD 4870. Nvidia’s solution may only be superior in the SM2.0 tests.
That’s right: the overclocked GeForce 9800 GTX is ahead of the Radeon HD 4870 in the SM2.0 tests but the difference is small even then. ATI’s solution is far better in the SM3.0/HDR tests.
The individual SM2.0 tests prove Nvidia’s victory which is the most conspicuous in the second test that favors neither ATI’s nor Nvidia’s architecture.
The overclocked GeForce managed to outperform the Radeon HD 4870 by 16% in the second SM3.0/HDR test but the latter wins the first test, being only second to the dual-chip Radeon HD 3870 X2. Don’t forget that the Radeon HD 4870 is an off-the-shelf card working at its default frequencies and voltage.