Two vs. Three: Zotac GeForce 9800 GX2 Against 3-Way CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 3870. Page 11
[04/04/2008 12:18 PM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Yaroslav Lyssenko
ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 didn’t remain the 3D King for long: Nvidia regained the initiative by launching their new GeForce 9800 GX2. However, AMD graphics division still has something to respond with: a graphics subsystem with three ATI Radeon HD 3870 chips. Will ATI 3-way CrossFireX platform be able to compete successfully against Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2? We are going to answer this question in our today’s review!
Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Unfortunately, inadequate software optimizations do not allow the 3-way CrossFireX system show a competitive result. On the other hand, the Zotac GeForce 9800 GX2 delivers comfortable performance at 1600x1200, which is very good considering how demanding this application is at the highest graphics quality settings.
Tomb Raider: Legend
Both systems suffer a performance hit relative to the corresponding single graphics cards. However, the Zotac GeForce 9800 GX2 is somewhat better. Although it is slower than the single GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, it still allows playing with enabled FSAA at every resolution, save for 2560x1600.
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