Powercolor HD3850 Extreme PCS - AMD 3850 Performance explored
Published: 15th November 2007 | Source: Powercolor | Price: £135 |UT3 Beta
UT3 runs on the Unreal 3 engine (really?? - Ed). Again it's a nice scalable engine and we played it in Vista using the DX10 setting. Remembering that UT3 is currently in the beta stage and so figures will not be final, let's see what the performance is like for UT3. UT3 was played at 1920 x 1200 with full settings in-game.
Crysis is also currently in beta stage so please be aware of this as you read the numbers. It is looking to be the game that really takes graphics forward and the only game coming out soon that fully utilises DirectX 10. DirectX 10 really looks like it is going to be taken to the next level with Crysis.
Note that Crysis was played at 1368 x 768 with details on "Very High" with 2 x AA, which was only very barely playable in DX10 for all the cards tested.
Crysis was the only game I felt that the HD3850 didn't fare so well at. The 8800GT barely limped along at an unplayable frame rate utilising the DX10 path on "Very high" settings and 2 x AA and the Powercolor HD3850 was actually unplayable.
Lowering the detail to "Medium" resulted in a much more playable game, but hell: it wouldn't be a benchmark if it wasn't tough would it?!