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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)
- ASUS GeForce 9800 GX2 (1GB)
- Inno3D GeForce 9800 GTX+ (512MB) SLI
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 (896MB)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
- ASUS Radeon HD 3870 X2 (1GB)
- ASUS Radeon HD 4850 (512MB)
- Palit Radeon HD 4870 (1GB)
- Force3D Radeon HD 4870 Black Edition (512MB)
- VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 (512MB)
- Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 (2GB)
- ASUS Radeon HD 4850 (512MB) Crossfire
- VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 (512MB) Crossfire
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



When testing the Force3D Radeon HD 4870 Black Edition in 3Dmark Vantage at 1920x1200, we see that it only offers a slight performance gain over a standard Radeon HD 4870. This was enough to put the Radeon HD 4870 Black Edition ahead of the GeForce 9800 GX2 however. Meanwhile the higher clocked Palit Radeon HD 4870 that sports 1GB of memory was faster by ~100 3Dmarks.