Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
As we already know from the gaming tests, the new solution from ATI boasts high performance for its price, so the overall score of 3DMark06 indicates that this benchmark is not adequate when it comes to modern graphics hardware.
Judging by the SM2.0 tests, the Radeon HD 4670 is awfully slow, but we couldn’t see that in real applications. The SM3.0/HDR tests are far from reality, too. The RV730 processor should be much better than the G94 at computations-heavy tasks. Still, ATI’s success is clear even in 3DMark06 if you compare its result with that of the GeForce 9500 GT 256MB.
The individual tests don’t tell us anything new. The Radeon HD 4670 is far slower than the GeForce 9600 GT in the first test, and then the gap is smaller in the second test. The new Radeon beats the GeForce 9500 GT in the second test, which is normal considering the tenfold advantage in terms of computing resources.
The Radeon HD 4670 is but slightly behind in the first SM3.0 test, equaling the result of the Radeon HD 3850. Alas, the new card is slow in the second test, being only superior to the GeForce 9500 GT 256MB. The results of the individual tests agree with the overall scores.