Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 3.4 GHz
Cooler Master V8 Heatsink
A-Data 2 GB DDR2
Creative X-Fi Sound
NZXT 800w PSU
Mountain Mods Duality Case
Windows Vista Home Basic
Installation was a breeze, as I simply downloaded the latest video card drivers, uninstalled the previous drivers, shut down, swapped cards, rebooted and installed the new drivers.
I will be comparing the HD 4870 against an Asus 9800GT. Yes, I know these two cards aren't in the same category, but this is the only other capable card I have on hand so it will have to do. I ran all tests with a CPU overclock of 3.4 GHz to ensure that the CPU would not be a bottleneck.
First up we have the synthetic benchmarks.
Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage shows a clear advantage for the HD 4870. The scores shown above are the overall scores. For those curious, the 9800GT produced a GPU score of 4,669 while the HD 4870 was given a score of 8,721.
Things were pretty much the same in 3DMark 2006, with the HD 4870 coming out as the clear winner. This, of course, as expected.
The results shown in the Lightsmark 2008 chart above are a little misleading. While the HD 4870 did win, the margin of victor was only by about 6 FPS.
With Furmark, I ran each card using MSAA settings of 0, 2, 4, and 8. The HD 4870 really flexes its muscle here, especially at higher MSAA settings.
Synthetic benchmarks only tell half the story. Continue ahead as we take a look at some gaming benchmarks.