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HD 4670 1GB and Crysis demo etc.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by christof139, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. christof139 New Member

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    Hi,

    I recieved a Spahire HD 4670 1GM DDR3 750MHz*873MHz stock and am running it in XFire with a Saphire HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 750MHz*1000MHz stock, and have the XFire setup at 778MHz*923MHz because the max GPU MHz is only 778MHz for the 512MB HD 4670 and the max memory MHz is only 923MHz for the 1GB HD 4670.

    Running these at 778MHz*923MHz in XFire gave very playable framerates in the Crysis Demo of low to high 20's and very low 30's (average mid to high 20's it seemed using FRAPS), slightly but noticeably better than the two Saphire HD 4670's 512MB versions @ 765MHz*1100MHz or so running in XFire. This is odd, interseting etc.

    This 1GB + 512MB setup (utilizing 512MB of RAM for each card in XFire) running at low MHz speeds scored only slightly less - 200 -330 less total 3DMark06 points, a few 10 - 20MHz less CPU points etc. - than the faster MHz speeds of the two Saphire HD 4670 versions running in XFire.

    MaybeXfire is utilizing more than 512MB of RAM on the 1GB card, even though it is not supposed to????

    Here are 3DMark06 scores in comparison to a stock and very OC'd QX9770 :

    Similar systems
    Unfortunately the ORB contains only 1 similar system configuration(s), which is an insufficient amount of produce a comparison graph. All systems
    Systems in total: 7,132,639


    Your system, Common system, Fastest system
    3DMark Score 11455, 3DMarks 14000, VirtualMarks 33945 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 4969, N/A, 12474
    SM 3.0 Score 5929, N/A, 18134
    CPU Score 2410, N/A, 8284


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+, Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650, Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 / 3.2 GHz processor

    Result name Untitled, Not specified, QUANTUM FORCE BlackOps + 4870x2 CrossfireX - Leghorn [MemoryExtreme Team Italy]
    Date Dec 03, 2008 21:29 CST Not specified Oct 28, 2008 16:33 CDT
    Pro user Yes
    OS Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows Vista

    CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ / 2.8 GHz processor


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+, Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650, Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 / 3.2 GHz processor


    Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9770
    CPU Speed 3200 MHz, 3000, MHz 5788 MHz

    GPU Generic VGA, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2

    Memory 3072, MB 2176, MB 2048 MB
    Case Not specified, Antec Nine Hundred, Not specified
    CPU Cooler Not specified, Zalman CNPS 9700 LED, Not specified
    GPU Cooler Not specified, Not specified, Not specified
    Case cooler Not specified, Not specified, Not specified
    PSU Not specified, Corsair HX620W, Not specified


    Result Info

    Your system Common system Fastest system

    Validity OK, OK
    Name Untitled, QUANTUM FORCE BlackOps + 4870x2 CrossfireX - Leghorn [MemoryExtreme Team Italy]


    General Information

    Operating system Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista
    System type 32-bit, 32-bit
    Motherboard manufacturer MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD, Foxconn
    Motherboard model MS-7388 BlackOps
    Hard drive model WDC WD2500AAKS-00VYA0, Drobo (second generation, 2TB) WDC WD800AAJS-22WAA0 ATA Device

    Memory 3072 MB, 2048 MB
    Module 1 1024MB, 1024MB
    Module 2 1024MB, 1024MB
    Module 3 1024MB
    Module 4 1024MB


    Processor information

    Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+, Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9770 processor

    Processor clock 3200 MHz 5788 MHz
    Sponsors
    Physical / logical processors 1 / 2, 1 / 4
    Multicore 2 Processor Cores, 4 Processor Cores
    FSB 200 MHz, 445 MHz


    Display information

    Graphics card Generic VGA, ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
    Graphics card vendor Unknown Vendor, ATI Technologies
    Graphics memory 512 MB, 1024 MB
    Core clock 27 MHz, 18 MHz
    Memory clock 13 MHz, 9 MHz
    Driver name ATI Radeon HD 4670, ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
    Driver version 6.14.10.6879, 8.530.0.0
    Driver status WHQL - FM Approved, WHQL - FM Approved
    Linked display adapters Yes, No


    Result details

    Benchmark settings

    Program Version 3DMark06 Revision 1 Build 0, 3DMark06 Revision 1 Build 0
    Resolution 1280x1024, 1280x1024
    Full Screen Anti-Aliasing None, None
    Texture Filtering Optimal, Optimal
    Vertex Shader Profile 3_0, 3_0
    Pixel Shader Profile 3_0, 3_0
    Force Full Precision No, No
    Disable Post-processing No, No
    Force Software Vertex Shaders No, No
    Force Software FP Filtering No, No
    Disable Harware Shadow Mapping No, No
    Colour Mipmaps No, No
    Repeat Count Off, Off
    Fixed Framerate Off, Off

    Main test results

    3DMark Score 11455 3DMarks, 33945 3DMarks
    SM 2.0 Score 4969, 12474
    SM 3.0 Score 5929, 18134
    CPU Score 2410, 8284


    Test Results

    Graphics Tests

    1 - Return to Proxycon 40.41 FPS, 101.87 FPS
    2 - Firefly Forest 42.4 FPS, 106.02 FPS

    CPU Tests

    CPU1 - Red Valley 0.76 FPS, 2.73 FPS
    CPU2 - Red Valley 1.22 FPS, 4.02 FPS

    HDR Tests

    1 - Canyon Flight (SM 3.0) 65.61 FPS, 225.84 FPS
    2 - Deep Freeze (SM 3.0) 52.96 FPS, 136.85 FPS

    I paid very little for my system and much, much, much less than for either of the QX9770 systems. CHEAP, but OK. Once I get my Asrock mobo that has fiddleable voltage controls on it, I should be able to increase my 5400+ BE CPU from 3.2GHz to 3.4GHz or so, and maybe also increase the voltages and speeds just a tiny bit to my video cards. Maybe. Might have to get a new HSF but I doubt it.

    Interesting, and the Asrock with the SB750 in comparison to my MSI K9A2 CF v.1.0 with its SB600 should also make a positive difference.

    Cheaply now :D, Chris
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    most likely, the memory timings are faster on the card, giving it a boost despite the lower clocks.
     
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    FYI the 1GB of the HD4670 is worthless, even more so because your Cross-X with a 512mb verison. the 1GB Verizon. will not use 1GB of its available memory, it will only use 512mb.. example

    HD3850 512mb, CF with a HD3850 256mb, the 512mb will only use 256mb of its ram.
    HD3850 1GB, CF with a HD3850 256mb, the 1GB will only use 256mb of its ram.

    So infact you might see a decrease in performance, since usually 1GB card have slower memory... and will not use all available ram, it will clock to the lower card's memory/speeds
     
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    That's what I clearly said in my posts, that is that the 1GB HD 4670 is only running with 512MB RAM when XFired with a HD 4670 with 512MB of RAM, and I clearly stated that!!!

    I have seen an increase in FPS but a slight decrease in 3DMark06 Benchmarks, and that is the mystery!!!!

    Chris
     
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    see my post. memory timings may be the key.
     
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    3GB RAM, then 1.5gb video RAM won't be fully utilized in Vista will it? Try this again on 64 bit and see how it fares
     
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    Thanx!!! Makes sense and I was stumped:wtf:. Maybe GPU-Z will show me the timings, I don't know, can't remember even though I ran GPU-Z lasrt night. Too tired to think I think. :wtf: That seems to be happening more frequently due to age and brain numbness from brain numbing events that occurred in the past. Me thinks this may be be part of the origin of the phrase 'numb nuts', not sure though as I forgot. :D:rockout:

    Thanx again and I also gave you a forum thanx, :respect: Chris

    PS: May get a second 1GB HD 4670 since the first one is working good,but not necessary. Must also test the 1GB and 512MB cards each seperately tonight.
     
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    Crysis does not utilize two ATi cards. Only SLi.
     
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    I know that and stated that in my post I do believe.

    Chris

    PS: I also am on 32-bit WinXP-Pro so no 64-bit OS tests for me, but I think Mussels hit the nail on the head with the memory timing pssibly being higher/tighter on the 1GB card even though it is running at a lower MHz speed.
     
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    QX9650 is not very common imo, its still in the $1000 range.
     
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    I clearly recall having more FPS in Crysis running two 4870's as opposed to one.
     
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    How did you manage that? All the Crysis benchmarks I have seen show maybe 1-2fps increase. Or does Warhead add crossfire support?
     
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    Warhead benefits from XFire, but the original Crysis doesn't as far as all the many tests/reviews i have read about the subject.

    Chris
     
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    Anyone even think about this?
     
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    Yes, but I onlly have 32-bit XP Pro, so I can't try 64-bit, but plan on getting Vista Ultimate in 32 and 64-bit verison package in the near future.

    I tried the 1GB DDR3 4670 alone and unXFired, and it did better than the 512MB GDDR3 4670 with faster RAM MHz version. The 1GB version hit up to 43FPS or so and maybe a min. of 20 or 21FPS or so, while the 512 MB 4670 with faster MHz GDDR3 RAM version hit a max of 38 FPS or so and a min of 16FPS or so. So, I think Mussels hit the nail on the head and that is that the tighter etc. timings of the lower MHz speed RAM on the 1GB 4670 version is performing better than the faster MHz 512MB RAM of the 512MB 4670 version. Interesting. Probably the extra amount of RAM is also helping the 1GB 4670 version.

    When running these two differetn 4670 versions together in XFire, when I switch to or from XFire mode in CCC the compooter has to be rebooted to calibrate the different cards with different memory sizes, so I think I will get another 1GB 4670 version and sell my two 512MB 4670 versions.

    Chris
     

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