A Refreshed Look at 3 Series Crossfire
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-29-2008
Provided by: VisionTek
Test System and Procedures

MSI X38 Platinum (BIOS 1.3)
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.0GHz : OCZ Vendetta 2
OCZ Reaper 2x1GB PC3-10666 6-6-6-20
WD 74GB Raptor (10K), WD 500GB CaviarSE16 (7.2K)
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Quad 750W Crossfire Edition
Lite-On 20x DVD±R/W SATA
Lian-Li PC-A77
Windows XP Professional, 32bit
Catalyst Drivers 8.5

VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 Overclocked Edition
2x VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 in Crossfire

All testing was done on the same test system, with the same system clock throughout. Every test was run immediately after a clean boot. For synthetic benchmarks, every test was run three times, and the median score was used. Furmark was set to run for 6000ms (1 minute). For gaming benchmarks, Fraps was used to record frames per second. Gaming tests were run three times as well and the average FPS presented is the average of the averages from every run. In all games, all settings were at high, and MSAA was set to 0x unless otherwise noted. In Crysis, the Crysis Benchmark Tool was used at 9AM, in Bioshock, testing was done in the Medical Pavilion level, and in Call of Duty 4, testing was done on the Charlie Don't Surf mission in Recruit difficulty (benchmarking is for work and not for play. I play at hardened, don't worry), including the expansive chopper scene at the beginning.

Without further ado, numbers!

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