As Futuremark's previous gaming benchmark application, it is getting a little old but remains to be a reliable means of testing a graphics card's capability
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage is Futuremark's flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.
Crysis Warhead is without a doubt one hard nut to crack, especially at higher resolutions and a dash of Anti Aliasing and Anisotrophic Filtering. Given it's level of GPU dependancy, this is an ideal playground for our Asus Radeon HD 5850.
Here we see the graphics card achieving unpleasantly low frame rates during areas of explosions in this particular area. It was fairly playable however a lower resolution or lower quality settings is the only solution for 30+ fps.
Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2, a slightly older hit but based on a fairly demanding engine also has a fair level of GPU dependancy at least particularly so at higher resolutions. This particular game features a fabulous benchmarking tool, which loops an intensive Far Cry 2 scene and gatherers minimum, maximum and average framerates accordingly. This allows for a more accurate comparison from one test item to another. As mentioned, we have set all Quality Settings to the highest possible within the tool.
Far Cry 2 has little trouble with this graphics card even in high detail.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Flight Simulator X remains to be a terribly demanding game for it's age. Known for being very demanding on the CPU but also requiring a level of GPU power in the process, we thought it'd be interesting to see how it faired.
CPU dependancies aside, the Radeon HD 5850 plays this game very well. Certain graphics cards are known to have problems with Anti Aliasing with this game, however we didn't seem to have a problem at all with our testbed.
Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty 4 is another popular hit however even with all of the eye candy set to full and the image quality raised up high, it doesn't particularly hurt today's latest and greatest.
Call of Duty 4 is simply blown away with out testbed. This game should even run well with ATi Eyefinity triple screen resolutions.
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