Sapphire HD 4770 PCIe Graphics Card

Crysis, Oblivion & Far Cry 2 Results


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.

Oblivion from Bethseda is now an 'old' game by today's standards, but is still one of the most visually taxing games out there. The benchmark was run in the wilderness with all settings set to the maximum possible. Bloom was used in preference to HDR. The test was run five times with the average FPS then being deduced.

Ubisoft has developed a new engine specifically for Far Cry 2, called Dunia, meaning "world", "earth" or "living" in Parsi. The engine takes advantage of multi-core processors as well as multiple processors and supports DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. 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.
Results Analysis
With absolutely nothing to separate the two 4770 graphics cards it will certainly be a hard choice for the consumer to decide which card is best on performance alone. Strangely and against the run of play, the HD4850 fell short of beating the 4770's in Oblivion. The 4850 did however reclaim it's performance lead in Far Cry 2. Neither the 4770 or the 4850 could cope with AA/AF in Crysis so if you are looking for adequate filtering in this game you might have to increase your budget and opt for a more powerful GPU. Even in Crossfire configuration, Crysis crippled the cards when running at maximum resolution. I did try max resolution with 4xAA/AF but this resulted in a slide show with the results proving pretty pointless in debate.
Let's move on to the conclusion...
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Most Recent Comments

22-05-2009, 02:10:34

"Entry level gaming GPU's are often overlooked with the constant battle waged at the high end of the market. Today we take a look at Sapphires interpretation of the new HD4770 GPU..." - by W3bbo

Read on...Quote

22-05-2009, 02:48:37

Good review mate, have to agree about the single slot cooler, would have been a great card for a media center if you wanted to do a bit of gaming as well Quote

22-05-2009, 03:57:09

Im actualy putting 2 of these in a new rig for a customer, little stormers of GPU's!

We finaly get a new 8800gt Quote

22-05-2009, 03:58:37

Awesome little graphics card. Nice to see one with a single slot cooler too Quote

22-05-2009, 07:09:38

This doesn't have a single slot cooler - just one of my critcisms. Great card all the same though and I agree about the 8800GT comment.Quote

22-05-2009, 07:37:33

Pretty much a carbon copy of the ASUS variant in terms of performance.

How much in terms of quality settings, can these cards achieve these days ? in comparison to perhaps a 8800gt ?Quote

22-05-2009, 07:56:06

Originally Posted by name='Mul.'
Awesome little graphics card. Nice to see one with a single slot cooler too
My apologies. Misread one of the above posts and had only really looked at the performance figures. Just read the review fully now. Quote

22-05-2009, 07:56:57

Quality is not too bad, resolutions seemed to have a bigger effect (2560x1600 is pain full to watch at times). For your average gamer though they are not half bad at all.Quote

22-05-2009, 08:18:54

Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Quality is not too bad, resolutions seemed to have a bigger effect (2560x1600 is pain full to watch at times). For your average gamer though they are not half bad at all.
Sorry m8, I meant like how far the typical new amd card can throw up AA settings and the other Q within games.

(in comparison to the 8800gt if u like)Quote

22-05-2009, 10:42:42

Well I don't have an 8800GT to hand m8 so I can't really compare directly I'm afraid. I may just have a 1GHz version coming soon though, so if you want me to try your preference of res/AA setting gimme a shout.Quote

22-05-2009, 11:31:19

Nah w3bb0 m8, simpler, if u go into a game, what is selectable from the graphic options thing in terms of quality settings.

We know that if u go into "a" game with something like a 8800GT, for example, u can go 16xAA and 8x on filtering (or whatever), and that weird glow thing (that works well in TW I might add).

Despite what the "performance" may be, what u get on the amd's these days ?Quote

22-05-2009, 11:41:53

If memory serves it can go up to 24xCu AA (custom AA) or 8x Standard MSAA with upto 8x AF.Quote

22-05-2009, 11:45:19

That's pretty good. I guess that custom AA is like the QQ.

(I have no idea tbh)

Good to see some quality breaking in there instead of just raw fps.Quote

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