Eurocom has just finished testing of its 18.4-inch Leopard notebook with two different VGA configurations. The ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5870 in CrossfireX was tested against the NVIDIA Geforce GTX 480M.
EUROCOM Leopard is a high-performance, fully upgradeable and configurable 18.4-inch notebook for the professional user. www.eurocom.com/products/showroom/specselectnew.cfm?model_id=212
It supports both NVIDIA and ATi VGA Technology including GTX 480M, Quadro FX 3800M and Quadro FX 2800M or ATi Radeon Mobility HD5870 with SLI and CrossFire support.
The Leopard is able to incorporate two 55 Watts cards or single 100Wdue to its ability to diffuse the large amount of heat produced from the graphics cards with large copper heat sinks. The extra power available from the 220 Watts AC Adapter helps power the two cards
The Leopard was running with an Intel Core i7 940XM 2.13 GHz Processor , 4 GB of DDR3-1333 and 256GB SSD SATA-600 Micron RealSSD drive . Both VGA configurations are currently available in the Leopard workstation.
ATi Radeon Mobility HD5870 CrossFireX outperforms NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480M in three different areas:
1. Performance (17% higher)
Performance was measured using the 3DMark06 score, which is a PC benchmark designed to test the DirectX9 performance of a graphics card. A 3DMark score is an overall measure of a system's 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests.
Here are test results:
with 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M (Fermi); 2GB DDR5; 100W
3dmark06 score: 15626 3dMarks
with 2x ATi Radeon Mobility HD5870 in CrossFireX; 1GB DDR5 per card; 55W per card
3dmark06 score: 18274 3dMarks
During the tests the CrossfireX configuration outperformed the Geforce GTX 480M by approximately 17% at default settings.
2. Price (approx $200 less)
At a lower price point the CrossfireX configuration actually offers better graphics performance. The conclusion that can be made by this test is that currently, modular VGA solutions increase performance at a lower price.
In terms of price, ATi wins again. To " upgrade " from ATi 's CrossFireX HD5870 to to GTX 480 is over $200 .
3. Thermal / heat distribution (2x 55W vs 1x 100W)
The CrossfireX configuration scores another victory over the Geforce GTX 480M because of its better thermal performance. It consists of two 55W cards instead of the Geforces one 100W card. This results in a more diffused heat generation within the notebook. It is also important to consider that ATI was able to generate 17% better performance while only using 10W more power.
The ATi Radeon Mobility HD5870 CrossfireX solution is now the highest performing configuration for the Leopard in terms of price, performance and heat generation.
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