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Test System Specs & 3Dmark 11

Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 920 (Overclocked @ 3.70GHz)
- x3 2GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 (CAS 9-9-9-24)
- Asus P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- OCZ ZX Series (1250w)
- Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB (SATA 6Gb/s)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 590 (3072MB)
- Asus GeForce GTX 580 (1536MB)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 (1280MB)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti (1024MB)
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 (1024MB)
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 6990 (4096MB)
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970 (2048MB)
- VisionTek Radeon HD 6950 (2048MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 6870 (1024MB) IceQ X Turbo X Crossfire
- HIS Radeon HD 6870 (1024MB) IceQ X Turbo X
- Asus Radeon HD 6870 (1024MB) Crossfire
- Asus Radeon HD 6870 (1024MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 6850 (1024MB) IceQ X Turbo Crossfire
- HIS Radeon HD 6850 (1024MB) IceQ X Turbo
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 (1024MB) Crossfire
- Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 (1024MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5970 (2048MB)
- HIS Radeon HD 5870 (1024MB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Nvidia Forceware 270.51
- AMD Catalyst 11.3



Looking at the 3Dmark 11 scores we found that the HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Turbo X was 9% faster than a standard Radeon HD 6870 and 15% faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. The HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo on the other hand was just 5% faster than a standard Radeon HD 6850 and 11% faster than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB.

The Crossfire configurations were impressive as the HIS Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X Turbo X Crossfire cards scored 8329pts making them just 5% slower than the GeForce GTX 590. The HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo Crossfire cards on the other hand were able to match the performance of the standard Radeon HD 6870 Crossfire cards making them slightly faster than the Radeon HD 5970.