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Palit Revolution R700 Deluxe HD4870X2 Review

ccokeman    -   December 8, 2008
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Testing:

At OverclockersClub.com, we use a set of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of newer gaming benchmarks, as well as some that are more seasoned, to show how well the Palit R700 HD4870x2 compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market. I will be using both single and multiple GPU models to compare the performance of the R700 Revolution. All driver settings and clock speeds will be left at factory defaults for both the CPU and GPU in an effort to minimize or eliminate any variables that could impact the results. The test system used in this review is listed below. After testing the card at stock speeds, I'll overclock it to see what kind of performance can be gained. All testing is done with the default settings in the respective control panels, as well as default settings in the BIOS of the motherboard used in this test. For this round of testing, our drivers have been updated to the 177.79 for the Nvidia cards and the Catalyst 8.10 for the ATI video cards used in this review. The exception being the Far Cry 2 testing, for that test the Nvidia Driver used is the 180.43 and the ATI driver is the FarCry Hotfix driver.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Palit R700 Revoltuion 813/1136MHz

Overclocking the Palit R700 Revolution was a pretty simple process that yielded some tangible results. When overclocking the R700 I found the limits pretty quickly on the GPU cores. This I reached at 813MHz. By manipulating the GPU core clocks to suite each benchmark I could go as high as 826 on the cores. But the speed it passed all of our benchmarks at was the 813MHz mark. The Qimonda memory had a bit left in it even though it is slightly overclocked as delivered from Palit. This I was surprised to see scaling well past 1100 MHz with a top speed of 1146 MHz. Both of these marks provide an increase in performance but not in all of the tests. The problem I feel with this is the implementation of the Crossfire technology via the drivers. Some games even show a decrease in performance when the clock speeds are pushed. The 8.11 drivers help with performance but still not up to the level expected when overclocking the card. By bumping up your CPU speed the performance differences become more apparent when you overclock the video card. Just for kicks I ran 3Dmark06 at 1920x1200 with 8XAA, 16x AF with the CPU at 3.6 and the R700 overclocked to the settings below and came up with a score of 15211, almost the score of the R700 and system not overclocked with the default settings in 3DMark06. The power is there, you just have to go and get it.

Benchmarks:

  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Far Cry 2
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

 




  1. Intoduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Closer Look (Catalyst Control Center)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Set Up & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Crysis
  8. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  9. Testing: BioShock
  10. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  11. Testing: World In Conflict
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  14. Testing: 3DMark06
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion:
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