HIS 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB PCIe Graphics Card
FarCry 2 is based upon the Dunai engine developed by Ubisoft and takes advantage of multi-core processors along with support for the DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 API. Running the Far Cry 2 benchmark tool the test was run 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being omitted and the average calculated from the remaining 3.
Unreal Tournament 3 the latest game in the long running Unreal series from Epic Games and Midway. The game uses the latest UE3, which combines fast gameplay along with high quality textures and lighting effects. All benchmarks were performed using UTbench with a fly-by of the DM-BioHazard map. As usual, all benchmarks were performed 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
Race Driver: Grid is a visually taxing game that presents a challenge to any graphics system. Results were recorded using FRAPS to log the average FPS over a 2 minute race. To ensure consistency, the same track, car and general path of travel was used in each of the 5 benchmark runs for each graphics card, with an average FPS being calculated from the median three results.
With Far Cry 2 being one of a growing number of games to support PhysX, this is naturally an area where we'd expect the HD 4870 to fall behind leaving the GTX260 to take the limelight. However, while the GTX260 does indeed take the top spot, it is by only a matter of a few FPS. Another game to support PhysX is Unreal Tournament 3, and as we can see from the results this isn''t enough for the GTX260 to gain another gold, with the HIS 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo grabbing back some ground.
Finally we come to the GRID results and as we can see, this is certainly a place where the green team fall flat on their face. Across all resolutions the HIS 4870 IceQ4+ Turbo wipes the floor with the GTX260 and in some cases even the stock clocked Sapphire HD 4870 512Mb sends the Zotac packing.