PowerColor HD 4850 PCS 2GB PCI-E

Crysis & Call of Duty 4 Results

Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions along with fast gameplay. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10-minute long game play demo was recorded and replayed on each of the GPU's using the /timedemo command a total of 5 times. The highest and lowest FPS results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Starting off with the extremely popular CoD4, the higher stock memory clock of the reference ATI 4850 card gives it a 3-5fps advantage at all resolution settings. Unfortunately the 2GB frame buffer seems to have no positive effect for the PowerColor, even at high resolutions.
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.
In all honesty we was expecting Crysis to take advantage of the larger frame buffer implimented on the PowerColor 4850, but this couldn't seem further from the case. As we can see from above, the stock ATI card manages a full 6-10fps more than the PowerColor, which in Crysis where FPS is far from plentiful, can be the difference between a slideshow and smooth gameplay.
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Most Recent Comments

16-08-2008, 07:22:53

"With a 2GB frame buffer and custom cooling, can PowerColor improve on an already awesome GPU?"


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16-08-2008, 07:58:39

Nice review mate. Why oh why did they have to go and do that? I would have preferred some software (3DM06 etc) than extra memory that handicaps a card.Quote

16-08-2008, 12:19:40

What a shameQuote

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