Powercolor HD3850 Extreme PCS - AMD 3850 Performance explored
Published: 15th November 2007 | Source: Powercolor | Price: £135 |
Call of Duty 4 utilises a whole load of the highest DirectX 9.0c features to produce a gorgeous looking but rather PC-stressing game. Cinematic effects such as motion blur and HDR are employed to great effect as well as realistic and fantastic smoke effects and highly detailed character rendering.
As this is a very new game I only had time to compare the 8800GTX for Call of Duty 4. In general the HD3850 did well, but at some points it got a little jerky. Remember that this was @ 1920 x 1200 with 4 x AA set. You would definitely be able to play this excellent brand new game on your HD3850, and enjoy the experience immensely.
F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today's top of the line GPU's. I used a fully patched version of the game with the latest patch. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool "blast" contortion effect when blown up.
Being a little older, this new card should do well in F.E.A.R. but will it match up to the higher end cards in the testing?
Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenery. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of the high-end cards here. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the game. I spoke to a character, did some magic whilst in a fight and fought in the arena that is pretty huge. Also, as well as doing this test I took a wander around to make sure that the benchmark resembled the general gameplay with each card.
Oblivion is a tough game even on the top end, how will the Powercolor HD3850 fare here?