Sapphire 780G Motherboard and Hybrid CrossFire

Posted on May 9, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Windows Benchmarks

Much like our previous review of Sapphire's Radeon HD3870 Toxic, we've selected a variety of games and benchmarks to benchmark the motherboard in both graphical and overall performance. These tests will include Unreal Tournament 2004, Unreal Tournament 3, 3dMark06, PCMark Vantage, and the SiSoft Sandra suite. I've opted to omit 3dMark Vantage, as the onboard graphics were incapable of running it. Let's look at Sandra benchmarks first.

Sandra

Sandra offers various benchmarks for looking at the performance of a system. For this system, I chose to look at processor arithmetic, cache and memory performance, memory bandwidth, and multi-core efficiency.

All of these tests focused on the processor more than the motherboard, but the motherboard is still an essential part of a system's performance. Sandra provides several example systems to compare our results again. Unfortunately, they all seem to be faster than our current system.

PCMark Vantage

PCMark Vantage is Futuremark's latest release of the PCMark series, sharing the new "Vantage" brand much like the latest 3dMark release. PCMark Vantage aims to benchmark every aspect of PC usage, from gaming, to office productivity, to multimedia creation and viewing. Unlike 3dMark Vantage and 3dMark 06, however, Futuremark released a 64-bit version of PCMark Vantage, finally giving us a native 64-bit benchmark.

The graph above shows that the Sapphire 780G motherboard scored a whopping 500 points higher than the GeForce 6150 motherboard. For a newer benchmark that brings current hardware to it's knees, this is a significant difference.

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