Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB Video Card Review :: Test Setup and Software

07-02-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

Eventually we will move to a Core i7 system for the video card test platform. For now, the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is still a fast CPU with a decent system to back it up. Games are constantly being released but we have a stable of DirectX 10 and DirectX 9.0 games in our benchmark suite. The Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 2G card should perform on par with the HD 4870 1GB card with performance increases where memory is the deciding factor.


Test System


  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 running 3.2GHz
  • 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000MHz memory running at 1333MHz
  • XFX nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard running 15.53 Forceware
  • Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 2GB running Catalyst 9.6
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs in RAID 0 Mode
  • Cooler Master 1000W PSU
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Business with SP1

Tests


DX9

  • STALKER Shadows of Chernobyl 1280x1024, 1920x1200, 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • Enemy Territory QuakeWars 1280x1024, 1920x1200, 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • Unreal Tournament 3 1280x1024, 1920x1200, 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare: 1280x1024, 1920x1200, 4x AA 16x AF, Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • 3DMark05/06 1280x1024, 1920x1200
  • SpecViewPerf 10
  • PCMark05/Vantage

DX10

  • Crysis Patch 1.2.1 1280x1024. 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough of first area
  • Lost Planet latest version, 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Performance benchmark
  • 3DMark Vantage 1280x1024, 1920x1200 default benchmarks
  • Bioshock 1280x1024 1920x1200 Custom FRAPS walkthrough