ASUS EAH4870 TOP Radeon HD 4870

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Intel Core 2 Duo Powered


Hardware Used:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 2.67GHz

Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI
(nForce 650i SLI chipset)

ASUS EAH4870 TOP 512MB
Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Radeon HD 4850 512MB
GeForce GTX 260 896MB
GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB

2048MB Corsair DDR2-800 C4
(2 X 1GB)

Integrated Audio

Integrated Network

Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9
(7,200RPM - SATA)


Relevant Software:

Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)

NVIDIA Forceware v177.79
ATI Catalyst v8.8
NVIDIA nForce v8.43

Benchmarks Used:
3DMark Vantage
Crysis v1.21
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5
Company of Heroes
Half-Life 2: Episode 2



Let's start our examination of the EAH4870 TOP's performance by looking at the test results from Futuremark's latest 3D test suite, 3DMark Vantage. This benchmark does a good job of setting the tone of the relative performance of all the cards we are comparing in this article.
 

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage
The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10, though. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's "Performance" preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x1024.

Right out of the gates, the EAH4870 TOP shows that it's quite the contender. It beats all of the other cards we tested without breaking a sweat. We are glad to see the EAH4870 TOP leave the Radeon HD 4850 in the dust since the EAH4870 TOP costs at least $100 more.

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