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Test System Specs & Crysis

Test System Specs: Hardware
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.00GHz
- x2 OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 CL4 FlexXLC Edition Module(s)
- ASUS P5E3 Premium (Intel X48)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)
- ASUS GeForce 9800 GX2 (1GB) - Forceware 174.74
- ASUS Radeon HD 3870 X2 (1GB) - Catalyst 8.4
- VisionTek Radeon HD 3870 X2 (1GB) - Catalyst 8.4
- ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX (512MB) - Forceware 174.74
- ASUS GeForce 8800 GTS (512MB) - Forceware 169.44
- ASUS GeForce 8800 GTX (768MB) - Forceware 169.44
- ASUS GeForce 8800 GT (512MB) - Forceware 169.44
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
- Intel System Driver 8.4.0.1016
- Nvidia Forceware 174.74
- Nvidia Forceware 169.44BR> - ATI Catalyst 8.4



We compared the Visiontek Radeon HD 3870 X2 Overclocked Edition to the standard ASUS Radeon X2 which is not a factory overclocked product. As you can see, the overclock does very little to aid performance, at least in Crysis.

The Visiontek Radeon HD 3870 X2 was also only slightly faster than the GeForce 9800 GTX, while in some instances it was actually slower. The GeForce 9800 GX2 did command a steady lead over the Radeon HD 3870 X2 throughout the Crysis tests as expected.