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Crossfire vs SLI Performance Comparison Review

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Activision's Call of Duty: World at War goes right back to the bread and butter of the franchise - WWII FPS action. In this rendition, you start off in the South Pacific and move through a series of missions that flip back and forth between the Russian front and an island hopping advance toward the Imperial Japanese homeland. Included is a mission on Peliliu Island, arguably one of the more difficult and costly battles in the Pacific theater. The gameplay in the single player mode is rather short, but the game makes up for this shortcoming in online gameplay. If you thought COD4 looked nice, this game is amazing with the graphics maxed out playing at a high resolution. This game just may be my reason to move to a 30 inch monitor. I will use Fraps to measure a section of gameplay in the Semper Fi map on Makin Island to compare performance of these video cards.


  • Game Settings:Maximum
  • FPS measured via Fraps










Higher Scores = Better Performance


In most cases, the scaling is not as dramatic as it is here with the ATI dual GPU cards. At 2560x1600, the scaling is almost 100% with both the HD 4870x2 and the HD 4850x2. Overall, the highest FPS was delivered by the Nvidia contingent in all three categories at both resolutions. The 27 FPS differential between the GTX 295 Quad SLI setup and the HD 4870x2 CrossFireX dropped to only a 10 FPS advantage at 2560x1600.

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