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Test System Specs & 3Dmark Vantage

Test System Specs: Hardware
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.00GHz (LGA775)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-8500 Module(s)
- ASUS P5E3 Premium (Intel X48)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- Inno3D GeForce 9800 GTX (512MB)
- Inno3D GeForce 9800 GTX+ (512MB)
- Inno3D GeForce 9800 GTX+ (512MB) SLI
- ASUS GeForce 9800 GX2 (1GB)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 (896MB)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
- ASUS Radeon HD 3870 X2 (1GB)
- ASUS Radeon HD 4850 (512MB)
- ASUS Radeon HD 4850 (512MB) Crossfire
- VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 (512MB)
- VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 (512MB) Crossfire
- Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 (2GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Intel System Driver 8.4.0.1016
- Nvidia Forceware 177.41 WHQL
- ATI Catalyst 8.8 WHQL



The Futuremark 3Dmark Vantage results are a little surprising as they show the new Radeon HD 4870 X2 being outperformed by a Crossfire setup running two individual Radeon HD 4870 cards.

While we expected both configurations to deliver similar performance, we had thought that the single card with two GPUs would have had the slight edge. Nevertheless, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 was still the second fastest setup tested, and remained the fastest single graphics card.