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Core i7 Christmas '08 Graphics Performance

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wuyanxu 17th December 2008, 14:30 Quote
it's just too evenly matched.

to be honest, the only difference is which driver/utility set the customer prefers.

will there be a AVIO vs Badaboom encoding soon? with ATI also starting to release stream processor applications, nVidia no longer have that advantage.
amacieli 17th December 2008, 14:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
will there be a AVIO vs Badaboom encoding soon?
+10000. And we should include "regular" encoders too, like TMPGEnc and non-accelerated encoders to see if there are any quality differences.
Tim S 17th December 2008, 14:48 Quote
It is something that we are definitely looking to do, yes! I'd like to look at the various GPU accelerated encoders.
Floyd 17th December 2008, 15:15 Quote
I still love my 8800GTs Good performance at a steal of a price!
Xtrafresh 17th December 2008, 15:18 Quote
Looks like you guys are really properly set up , great article

I really liked the "4870 vs 260" graphs, very helpful! I recently got my grubby fingers on a 4870 1GB, and i'm glad i did :)
Bauul 17th December 2008, 15:18 Quote
I dunno, all those benchmarks are fine and all, but some more games and cards would have been nice...


(k/g! Awesome job guys, now go enjoy Christmas and stop working so late)
stoff3r 17th December 2008, 16:25 Quote
wow lots of work it seems ! The test results didn't surprise any of us i think. Now, the waiting for the next-gen graphics has commenced, as this generation hardly shows us any real performance booms. Also: it's common courtesy to pitty/laugh at, those who bought the Radeon 4870 512mb :/
MiNiMaL_FuSS 17th December 2008, 18:13 Quote
my 3870 is starting to look quite shabby, having said that i generally game at 1440x900 and havn't noticed any problem on the lastest titels....the old girl got some life yet?
Jasio 17th December 2008, 19:17 Quote
Tim, thanks for the very thorough comparison of GPU's... much appreciated. The step-by-step comparisons and relative percentage gains/losses were particularly informative and insightful. Reviews such as these are the main reason I stick around this site over the US based websites.
Evildead666 17th December 2008, 23:26 Quote
Thanks a lot ;)
A nice comparison.
I came back to ATi with my 4870 1Gb and i'm happy I did. 830MHz core stock cooler all day long ( at 50%)
The 260+ is looking like a better and better choice every day the price comes down tho....

Well, i'm rooting for the next gen fight now ;-)
p3n 18th December 2008, 08:45 Quote
Those compairson graphs hurt my head :<
roadie 18th December 2008, 10:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by MiNiMaL_FuSS
my 3870 is starting to look quite shabby, having said that i generally game at 1440x900 and havn't noticed any problem on the lastest titels....the old girl got some life yet?
Yeah, I still have a 3870 too. Does ok for the most part, but AA performance is dire. It also suffers when there are things like smoke and dust in a scene. I am thinking of replacing it after Christmas, but the idle power consumption of the 4870 is too high and the GTX260 is too long to fit in my case without modification. I really hope both manufacturers can address these points!
PureSilver 18th December 2008, 13:43 Quote
My God, that's a lot of graphs! Brilliant review, as ever...
Andrei 24th December 2008, 01:45 Quote
Very good review. If only I could read it clearly, I didn't recognize the lighter red/green graphs AT ALL.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daltonism
Deuteranomaly (most common - 6% of males, 0.4% of females): Having a mutated form of the medium-wavelength (green) pigment. The medium-wavelength pigment is shifted towards the red end of the spectrum resulting in a reduction in sensitivity to the green area of the spectrum. Unlike protanomaly the intensity of colors is unchanged. This is the most common form of color blindness, making up about 6% of the male population.

6% of the audience is quite a lot so I'd suggest to deffer from using low contrast red/green in graphs for people like us so we can enjoy the reviews without straining our eyes ;)
boiled_elephant 24th December 2008, 06:18 Quote
That's a singularly unfortunate condition to have if you're into computers and websites :( can't you adjust your monitor to bypass the problem?

@article, it's nice to know I'll be able to slap another 1Gb 4870 alongside this one in a year's time and get an insane boost. Food for thought, though it'll have to wait till my next overdraft comes through. Free money for the cake...
thehippoz 24th December 2008, 06:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Andrei
Very good review. If only I could read it clearly, I didn't recognize the lighter red/green graphs AT ALL.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daltonism
Deuteranomaly (most common - 6% of males, 0.4% of females): Having a mutated form of the medium-wavelength (green) pigment. The medium-wavelength pigment is shifted towards the red end of the spectrum resulting in a reduction in sensitivity to the green area of the spectrum. Unlike protanomaly the intensity of colors is unchanged. This is the most common form of color blindness, making up about 6% of the male population.

6% of the audience is quite a lot so I'd suggest to deffer from using low contrast red/green in graphs for people like us so we can enjoy the reviews without straining our eyes ;)

called darwinism :D

nice article.. the msi overclocking comp in taiwan looked pretty cool too
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