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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 29 September 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic Video Card
Radeon HD 4870 Features
100243TXSR Specifications
Closer Look: Sapphire 4870 Toxic
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
COD 4 Fraps Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Unreal Tournament 3
World in Conflict Benchmarks
4870 Toxic Power Consumption
Radeon 4800-Series Final Thoughts
Sapphire Radeon 4870 Conclusion

Video Card Testing Methodology

Benchmark Reviews has high hopes that one day we will be so giant and world famous that every combination of the graphic card available will be on-hand for our product testing... and we're getting closer! I envy the review sites that have twenty other video cards tested in stand-alone, SLI, and CrossFireX arrays for each and every review. Eventually we will be that big, and offer all of those configurations. Readers can help us grow to that size by spreading the word, but for now we'll have to make due with what our budget can afford. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is going to test and compare the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic Edition graphics card against several other closely-ranked products from within the GeForce family.

At the start of all tests, the previous display adapter driver is uninstalled and trace components are removed using Driver Cleaner Pro. We then restart the computer system to establish our display settings and define the monitor. Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. The synthetic benchmark tests in 3DMark06 will utilize shader models 2.0 and 3.0. In our higher-end VGA products we conduct tests at the following resolutions: 1280x1024 (19" Standard LCD), 1680x1050 (22-24" Widescreen LCD), and 1920x1200 (24-28" Widescreen LCD). In some tests we utilized widescreen monitor resolutions, since more users are beginning to feature these products for their own computing.

Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. This process proved extremely important in the World in Conflict and Supreme Commander benchmarks, as the first run served to cache maps allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.

Our site polls and statistics indicate that the over 90% of our visitors use their PC for playing video games, and practically every one of you are using a screen resolutions mentioned above. Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, I feel that this battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Since most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, it was decided that DirectX 9 would be used for all tests until demand and software support improve for Windows Vista.

Test System

Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0 (8x Anti Aliasing & 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare v1.7.568 (4x AA/16x Trilinear AF)
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark (High Settings, 0x and 4x Anti-Aliasing)
  • Unreal Tournament 3 v1.3 (High Quality, 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • World in Conflict v1.0.0.9 Performance Test (Very High Setting: 4x AA/4x AF)

Video Card Test Products

Product Series Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 102-B50102-00-AT ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZT-98PES2P-WSP Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic 100243TXSR

XFX GeForce GeForce GTX 260 GX-260N-ADDU

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition ZT-X28E3LA-FCP
Stream Processors 800 128 800 192 240
Core Clock (MHz) 625 740 775 164 700
Shader Clock (MHz) N/A 1836 N/A 1242 1400
Memory Clock (MHz) 993 1100 1000 1150 1150
Memory Amount 512 MB GDDR3 512 MB GDDR3

512 MB GDDR5

896 MB GDDR3 1024 MB GDDR3
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 448-bit 512-bit

Now we're ready to begin testing video game performance on the Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Toxic Edition, so please continue to the next page as we start with the 3DMark06 results.



 

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