Powercolor HD3850 Extreme PCS - AMD 3850 Performance explored
Published: 15th November 2007 | Source: Powercolor | Price: £135 |Quake 4
Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. This uses many DX 9.0c features and is a game that nVidia traditionally did well on being an OpenGL game. Once again I did three two minute runs on Quake 4 on each card and took the average of all my readings from these. I played a fast and furious part of the game that required both internal and external scenes.
At Ultra settings in our game test, this should give the ATI card a good run for its money.
Command and Conquer 3
C&C3 is the much awaited RTS from EA. Hugely popular and with some pretty nice visuals almost every modern PC should be able to play it. I tested a skirmish right at the end when I had a screen full of mechs to defeat the enemy. AA was set to the highest level it could be in-game.
After seeing how the HD3850 does in the other tests, this should be a breeze for it.
Bioshock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine it has a large amount of advanced DirectX techniques including excellent water rendering and superb lighting and smoke techniques. I used the DirectX 10 path in Windows Vista to test the game in this part of the review.