Benchmarks: System Specs & 3Dmark

Test System Specs: Hardware
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.00GHz (LGA775)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-8500 Module(s)
- ASUS P5Q Deluxe (Intel P45)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB) TOP - 177.34
- ASUS GeForce 9800 GX2 (1GB) - 174.74
- ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX+ (512MB) - 174.74
- ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX (512MB) - 174.74
- ASUS GeForce 8800 GTX (768MB) - 169.44
- ASUS GeForce 8800 GTS (512MB) - 169.44
- Inno3D GeForce 8800 GT (512MB) - 169.44
- ASUS GeForce 9600 GT (512MB) - 174.74
- ASUS Radeon HD 4850 (512MB) - 8.5
- VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 X2 (1GB) - 8.5
- ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 (1GB) - 8.5
- ASUS Radeon HD 3870 (512MB) - 8.5
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
- Intel System Driver 8.4.0.1016
- Nvidia Forceware 177.34
- Nvidia Forceware 174.74
- Nvidia Forceware 169.44
- ATI Catalyst 8.5

First up we have 3Dmark Vantage, and as you can see the Asus Radeon HD 4850 performs very well here. According to 3Dmark Vantage the new Radeon HD 4850 is actually faster than the Radeon HD 3850 X2, which is impressive. The new Radeon was also able to edge out the upcoming GeForce 9800 GTX+, which was introduced with the sole purpose to combat the Radeon HD 4850 threat.