Asus HD4850 512mb PCI-E Graphics Card EAH4850
Crysis & F.E.A.R.
Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
With less than 2FPS between the HD4850 and 9800GTX at 1900x1200 and almost exact results at 1280x1024, the two cards are left to fight it out once again on price. This is also true for the previous generation 3850x2 and 3870x2 cards, which, while able to compete with the 4850 and 9800GTX on the FPS front, get left behind when it comes to value.
F.E.A.R. is a game based on the Lithtech Jupiter EX engine. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects. All results were recorded using F.R.A.P.S, with a total of 5 identical runs through the same area of the game. The highest and lowest results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
While most of the previous benchmarks have been quite a mixed bag of results, the HD4850 shows a clear advantage over the 9800GTX at both 1280x1024 and 1900x1200 resolutions. This works greatly in favour of the HD4850 when it comes to the CPF scale, with the card costing less than £1.00 per frame at lower resolutions.
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