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Written by Matt Williams   
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP 512MB Video Card
Radeon HD 4870 Features
ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS HD 4870
EAH4870 DK TOP Detailed Features
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
COD 4 Fraps Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Devil May Cry 4 Results
World in Conflict Benchmarks
ASUS HD 4870 Power
ASUS HD 4870 Overclocking
Radeon HD 4870 Final Thoughts
ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP Conclusion

Video Card Testing Methodology

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

  • Motherboard: Asus P5Q-E (Intel P45 Chipset) with version 1406 BIOS
  • Processor: Intel Q9450 Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz (Overclocked to 3.2 GHz)
  • System Memory: Corsair XMS2 DHX DDR2 800 (4-4-4-12)
  • Audio: Integrated ADI AD2000B
  • Disk Drive: Western Digital WD6400AAKS 640GB
  • Optical Drive: Pioneer DVR-215DBK DVD/CD-RW
  • Enclosure: Antec P180B Mid-Tower
  • PSU: Antec NeoHE 550W
  • Monitor: Dell 2408WFP 24" LCD
  • Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP3

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)
  • Devil May Cry 4 (High Settings, 4x Anti-Aliasing, 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • World in Conflict v1.0.0.9 Performance Test (Very High Setting: 4x AA/4x AF)

Video Card Test Products

  • HIS Hightech Radeon HD 4670 H467QS512P (Catalyst 8.10)
  • Asus Radeon HD 4830 EAH4830 (Catalyst 8.10)
  • Asus Radeon HD 4850 EAH4850 (Catalyst 8.10)
  • Asus Radeon HD 4870 EAH4870 DK TOP (Catalyst 8.10)


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