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AMD's Spider platform in the test: CPU + chipset + graphics card

AMD's Spider platform in the test: CPU + chipset + graphics card

The graphics card: HD 3000

We don't want to go into the graphics card part in more detail in this article, as this is already the one in our test ATi Radeon HD 3870 has been treated in depth. In Warsaw, all test systems were equipped with a CrossFire network of two HD 3850s. Systems with four HD 3850 graphics cards were also shown. This Quad-CrossFire , or CrossFire X, will be supported by the then available Catalyst from January. Interestingly, such a CrossFire-X network with DirectX 9.0 is also possible, as the current demo of 3DMark06 showed. At the end of the event, AMD also showed a running system with two HD-3870-X2 cards , i.e. CrossFire X with only two cards.

ATi Radeon HD 3870 X2
ATi Radeon HD 3870 X2
ATi Radeon HD 3870 X2
ATi Radeon HD 3870 X2
ATi Radeon HD 3870 X2
ATi Radeon HD 3870X2

Energy requirement

In order to demonstrate the significantly lower energy requirement of its new platform in comparison to its predecessor, AMD presented two special systems showing a VC1 encoded HD video. Both systems were preceded by an energy meter, as is also used in our tests. While the 'old' system was equipped with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ and two HD 2900 XT graphics cards, the Spider system was equipped with a 2.4 GHz Phenom, the 790FX chipset and two HD 3850s. In this discipline, the Spider platform particularly benefits from the UVD engine of the new HD 3850 cards, which drastically reduces the CPU load when playing an HD video and thus the power consumption.

'Old' system

Energy requirement 'old system' 278.6 watts
Energy requirement 'old system “VC1 HD-Movie
Energy requirement' old system 'CPU load

Spider platform

Ene Energy requirement 'Spider platform' 188.5 watts
Energy requirement 'Spider platform' VC1 HD-Movie
Energy requirement 'Spider platform' CPU load

On the next page: Preliminary benchmarks

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