Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire vs GeForce GTX 280 in 3DMark Vantage

Posted on Saturday, Jun 14 2008 @ 00:55 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Chiphell published 3DMark Vantage results of a Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire setup and another site tested the GeForce GTX 280. The Radeon cards were benched on an overclocked Intel QX9650 @ 4GHz while the GeForce card used a QX9770 @ 3.2GHz:

ATI Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire in 3DMark Vantage GPU: 625MHz, memory: 2200MHz):
  • X5089
  • H7611
  • P11918
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 in 3DMark Vantage (GPU: 602MHz, memory: 2214MHz, shader: 1296MHz):
  • X4889
  • P10802
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 overclocked in 3DMark Vantage (GPU: 675MHz, memory: 2400MHz, shader: 1456MHz):
  • X5384
  • P11854
  • The CrossFire setup uses a faster CPU but it seems like two Radeon HD 4850 will offer about the same performance as a GeForce GTX 280, at least in 3DMark Vantage. One GeForce GTX 280 will cost you around $649 while two Radeon HD 4850 cards will cost around $400-$460.

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    Re: Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire vs GeForce GTX 280 in 3DMark Vantage
    by Anonymous on Saturday, Jun 14 2008 @ 01:23 CEST
    Yeah but CrossFire (and SLI) suck. A single fast card is the way to go.

    Re: Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire vs GeForce GTX 280 in 3DMark Vantage
    by Anonymous on Saturday, Jun 14 2008 @ 20:16 CEST

    Crossfire and SLI = lots of compatibility problems, micro stuttering, higher power consumption, ...

    • Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, Jun 15 2008 @ 03:09 CEST

      3dmark scores are not reliable benchmarks. Crysis and other game benches are the only way to tell.

    • Reply by Anonymous on Tuesday, Jun 24 2008 @ 05:59 CEST

      i couldn't agree more, crossfire and sli are such a huge waste of money, spend your money on the newest single card, and you'll be happier with the money you spent, 3dmark score don't tell you how the game's smoothness will feel with multi gpu set-ups (contrary to popular belief.) I also just bought the superclock gtx 280 from evga, major heating problem, but the graphics all the way up with shader 3 on age of conan, feel so smooth, and the textures in caves and whatnot, are so much more life-like, it's amazing. plan on getting the same card from a different manufacturer, I may also wait to see what the new radeon cards with DDR5 can do, especially the ones with the 1ghz plus gpu's; exciting (though I am an nVidia dude)