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    Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  May 14, 2008

    Crysis Performance

    Crysis is a new game from your friends at Crytek, and is very much like a significantly upgraded version of FarCry. The in-game visuals are incredible, and it even supports extra DirectX 10 goodies for those with top-end, enthusiast-level video cards. We're using the game demo, which includes both GPU and CPU benchmarks, and as this is a video card review, we're naturally using the former. All details have been set to Medium, as anything higher is an absolute slideshow with entry-level and mainstream video cards, and we have utilized standard 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 resolutions for the first test.

    Crysis benchmarking really shows how the performance levels of the various cards are affected when you present a truly high-end graphics engine. Some, like the last-generation GeForce 7 cards, drop considerably, while many of the newer DirectX 10 cards maintain, or even increase, the pace. The Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB falls somewhere in-between, and is able to outperform the Radeon HD 2900 XT, while not really challenging the GeForce 8800 GT and GTS 512MB cards.

    Crysis AA and AF Performance

    When the Crysis GPU benchmark is upgraded to 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering settings, nothing much changes, and the Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 card is still ahead of the Radeon HD 2900XT and behind the GeForce 8800 GT.

    World in Conflict Performance

    World in Conflict is another real-time tactical war game, complete with eye-dropping visuals that are demanding enough to drop a mainstream video card in its tracks. It's a bit different from traditional RTS games, in that the war and strategy parts are put to the forefront, while the resource gathering and base construction tasks are taken out of the equation. In this test, we've used the in-game benchmarking tool, and since we've had some issues getting reliable AA and AF results, we've instead used Medium and High detail settings to emulate the extra graphics work. In the first section, we use standard 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 resolutions at Medium detail settings.

    Our first World in Conflict benchmarking, using Medium detail settings, has the Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB posting excellent scores right up there with the top-rated models. The Gigabyte card slips by the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB and even comes within shouting distance of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB.

    World in Conflict "High Detail" Performance

    Once we move to the High detail setting, the Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 card drops back, as does the Radeon HD 2900 XT, and now the GeForce 8800 GT outpaces both.

    Page 1 The Gigabyte Radeon HD 3870 512MB
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 Farcry and Quake 4 Performance
    Page 4 F.E.A.R. and Company of Heroes Performance
    Page 5 Lost Planet and Supreme Commander Performance
  • Page 6 Crysis and World in Conflict Performance
    Page 7 Unreal Tournament 3 Botmatch and Flyby Performance
    Page 8 3DMark06 Advanced Feature Performance
    Page 9 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking, Value, and Conclusion

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