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Test System Specs & 3Dmark Vantage

Core i7 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (Overclocked @ 3.70GHz)
- x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 9-9-9-24)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ATI Radeon HD 5870 (1GB)
- VisionTek Radeon HD 4870 X2 (2GB)
- Asus Radeon HD 4890 (1GB)
- Palit Radeon HD 4870 (1GB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 295 (1792MB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 285 (1GB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 275 (896MB)
- Palit GeForce GTX 260 (896MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 190.38
- ATI Catalyst 9.9



We ran 3DMark Vantage's synthetic tests to start, and the results were pretty impressive. With a score of 6248pts at 2560x1600, the single-GPU Radeon HD 5870 managed to outperform the 4870 X2 by a 10% margin, while delivering 1.6x more performance than the standard Radeon HD 4870 card. The only contender to defeat the Radeon HD 5870 in this test was the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295, which was about 8% faster.