HD 3850 Crossfire vs. 8800GTS 512MB G92 - TechAmok
HD 3850 Crossfire vs. 8800GTS 512MB G92 - [hardware]
04:30 AM EST - Dec,09 2007 - post a comment
The chaps over at
TweakTown compare an ATI HD 3850 Crossfire setup
to NVIDIA's new G92 based
8800GTS. The GECUBE X-TURBO III ATI Radeon HD 3850 manages not only to pack some
extra speed, but also get an upgrade from 256MB of DDR3 to 512MB; this to match
the G92 based 8800GTS. Looking at clockspeeds, the GECUBE offerings come in with
a core clock of 725MHz and 1800MHz DDR on the memory. The 8800GTS 512MB on the
other hand packs a default clock speed of 650MHz with a 1650MHz shader clock to
boot. It also runs with a relatively high 1940MHz DDR memory clock.
Deciding which route to go isn't going to be an easy one as both setups offer
some pretty good numbers. If you're gaming around the 1280 or 1600 mark
you're probably better off with the 8800GTS 512MB as it seems to handle the
lower resolutions better. With that said though, if you're gaming around that
area you're probably better off with the cheaper 8800GT. If you're interested in
high resolution gaming we would probably opt for the Crossfire setup as it tends
to offer similar performance to the 8800GTS 512MB, if not a little faster in
some cases. With that said though, if you're going to venture into the land of
AA and AF we would probably suggest the 8800GTS.
Originally we thought that the power was going to be a drawback for the
Crossfire setup, but the power figures between it and the 8800GTS 512MB are
so close to each other that it doesn't really come into the equation.
The biggest let down with the 3850 Crossfire setup is the AA and AF
performance; AMD and the driver team just can't seem to get that side of
things right. What will be interesting now though is the performance we get out
of the Catalyst 7.12s which should be due out soon. AMD really need these
drivers to be good so they can get over the line. Both setups tend to be pretty
good and it would be hard to say a particular one is better than the other. As
we mentioned before though, both setups have their strengths and weaknesses.
OpenGL along with AA performance favors the 8800 while higher resolution gaming
and especially games that have the ability to take advantage of a multi card
setup tend to favor Crossfire.
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