HIS 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB PCIe Graphics Card

Call of Duty 4, Crysis, ET:Quake Wars


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 game play. 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.



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.


ET:Quake Wars

ET:Quake Wars is a follow-up game to Wolfenstein:Enemy Territory developed by Splash Technology. Using a modified version of id Software's Doom 3 engine along with Mega rendering technology, the game promises high resolution textures, fast gameplay and plenty of explosions. Using the built-in recordNetDemo and timeNetDemo commands, we recorded a 5 minute online gaming session and played it back a total of 5 times at each resolution, calculating the average FPS from the median three results.


Result Observations

Moving on to some 'real world' benchmarks once again there is quite a mishmash of results; with the Zotac GTX260 216 managing a 10FPS advantage over the HIS 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo in Call of Duty 4 at 1900x1200 despite its slightly lower price point. The HIS 4870 returns a punch in Crysis by managing a ~5FPS advantage across all resolutions and also manages to sit almost side-by-side with the Zotac in ET-Quake Wars.
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Most Recent Comments

24-12-2008, 06:26:59

This is a great read! I thoroughly enjoyed it.. The estimated price also seems good.. Santa may have a revised list rushed to him Quote

24-12-2008, 08:14:07

If I had the £ to get a 4870 it would def be this. Great cooler, factory oced, good price.

Great review as always Jim!Quote

24-12-2008, 08:29:16

Great review, even tho I'd not personally buy it, I think this card offers a decent amount of spanking for the price, particularly nVidia's mid-range card.Quote

24-12-2008, 08:54:41

Gorgeous pictures too Jimbo.. whoever told you to use a flash gun must be amazing..Quote

24-12-2008, 09:02:22

I so wish I could afford to but this card,nice review as normal,however one small spelling mistake:the farcry engine is Dunia not dunaiQuote

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