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ATI RADEON HD 4870 X2 2x1024MB PCI-E

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Graphics cards' performance

If you have a decent understanding of 3D graphics, you may draw your own conclusions for the diagrams below. However, if you are interested in our comments on test results, you may read them after each test. Anything that is important to beginners and those who are new to the world of graphics cards will be explained in detail in the comments.

First of all, you should look through our reference materials on modern graphics cards and their GPUs. Be sure to note the operating frequencies, support for modern technologies (shaders), as well as the pipeline architecture.

ATI RADEON X1300-1600-1800-1900 Reference

NVIDIA GeForce 7300-7600-7800-7900 Reference

If you have just begun realizing how large theselection to choose a graphics card is, don't worry, our 3D Graphics section offers articles about 3D basics (you will still have to understand them - when you run a game and open its options, you'll see such notions as textures, lighting, etc) as well as reviews of new products. There are presently two companies that manufacture popular GPUs: AMD (its ATI department is responsible for graphics cards) and NVIDIA. We can also mention Matrox, S3. However, their share of the discrete graphics market is less than 1%, so we can discard them. So most of the information is divided into these two sections. We also publish monthly 3DSpeed that sums up all comparisons of graphics cards for various price segments.

Thirdly, have a look at the test results of ourtoday's cards. We are not going to analyze each test in this article, primarily because for us it makes sense to draw a bottom line in the end of the article.

  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

  • Call Of Juarez

  • World In Conflict

  • CRYSIS DirectX 10.0 (VeryHigh), RESCUE

  • CRYSIS DirectX 10.0 (VeryHigh), HARBOR

  • Company Of Heroes OpposingFronts

  • 3DMark Vantage GraphicsMARKS

  • Devil May Cry 4 (Scene1)

  • Devil May Cry 4 (Scene4)

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