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Showdown of the Overclock: Crossfire HD5870 vs SLI GTX480

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I will be doing what benches that I do have. I will be skipping the heaven benchmark since that will be quite obvious. I'll post those results in the heaven thread anyways so check back there. However, initial testing in heaven puts it spot on quad 5870 results.

The games I'll be using unless there are any other requests.

Hawx
SF4
FC2
Crysis
Vantage
3dmark03 (yes for real)
Dirt2
RE5

Expected clocks for the dual 5870's will be 1050/1200 and on the gtx480 it will be 825/1900. A drawback to the heat and power usage on the 480's is that its reducing my benchable frequency by 25mhz. So yes, heat can and will become an issue once you start stacking cards on one another. This is with 2 slots space between each set. The 5870's were unaffected by this phenomenon.

I'll put up the results here in a few once I get them hosted.

There will be more tests b/c I'm basing this on price and crossfire 5870's have a 200 dollar advantage over the more expensive 480's. Since the 480's are roughly 200 dollars pricier than dual 5870's I will be redoing the benchmarks with trifire 5870's to present a 200 dollar advantage to the 480s.


IF there are any games or benchmark requests please be sure to link any demos there maybe so I can quickly download. If I'm going to go through the trouble of doing this at least help me find the bench.


Current Requests:

None


BIG THANKS to Ihatethedukes for the graphs!
















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I got some trifire results for the 5870 and I'm quite impressed with the percentage boost on the most part in these games! This is a 1200 dollar approximate gpu setup vs. the 1000 dollar approximate fermi setup.

Tomorrow I will add the tri sli results for fermi, but it puts it around 1500 usd approximate for that setup and it exceeds the 200 dollar differences between crossfire 5870, sli 480's, and trifire 5870's.

None-the-less here are the results @ the same clock as the crossfire 5870's.

3Dmark03 -



Vantage -



Dirt 2 @ 4xAA 1920x1200 all Max



Resident Evil 5



FC2



Crysis



Hawx @ 1920x1200 8xAA everything bonkers max



Street Fighter 4 All max 8xAA 1920x1200


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Okay guys I got these and I'm waiting on a bud to complete the graphs for easy viewing. I'll have a few single card benches but not many. Focused on multiple gpu setups this go around.

However, I did flash all these cards to the ASUS bios and ran the overvolt tool for trisli. However, multiple cards make this a crap ton harder to get single card frequencies to be bench stable. I did have to use extra volts to get the same speeds while using sli that I could obtain using stock volts on the single gpu.

These benches were done @ 850/1950 other than FC2 which I had to drop down to 835/1950 b/c of stability issues on the stressing gpu cores.

There are some tests that I did question the results so I ran them 2 more times and posted the highest result.

I going to let the benches do the rest of the talking.

3Dmark03 -



3Dmark Vantage -



Crysis -



FarCry 2 -



Hawx -



Dirt2 -



RE5 -



SF4 -


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Pictures of the benchmarks.

3DMark 03
5870 CF

...........
GTX480 SLI


Crysis 1900x1200 Very High 4xaa

5870 CF

.............
GTX480 SLI


Dirt 2

5870 CF



FarCry 2

5870 CF

..............
GTX 480 SLI


H.A.W.X

5870 CF

.............
GTX480 SLI


Resident Evil 5

5870 CF

..............
GTX 480 SLI


Street Fighter 4


...............
GTX480 SLI


3D Mark Vantage

5870 CF

.............
GTX 480 SLI

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can we get FarCry 1 results, I love seeing how these things preform in first gen true DX9 games
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can we get FarCry 1 results, I love seeing how these things preform in first gen true DX9 games
does that have a benchmark? I have the game on 5cd's so its a rather annoying install.
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So am I seeing this right that a GTX 480 SLI scales much better than a crossfire of 5870?

Very good work.
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This thread should be the deciding factor for people considering GTX480s or 5870s CF, seeing as 5870s usually run at or over 400$, get the GTX480s and you already have Physx capabilities for Metro 2033 and Mafia2 (due out after the summer) and other titles.
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