Asus EAH 4890 1GB DDR5 PCIe Graphics card

Unreal Tournament 3 is the highly anticipated game from Epic Games and Midway. The game uses the latest Unreal engine, which combines fast gameplay along with high quality textures and lighting effects. All benchmarks were performed using UTbench with a fly-by of the DM-BioHazard map. As usual, all benchmarks were performed 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.

Race Driver: Grid is a visually taxing game that presents a challenge to any graphics system. Results were recorded using FRAPS to log the average FPS over a 2 minute race. To ensure consistency, the same track, car and general path of travel was used in each of the 5 benchmark runs for each graphics card, with an average FPS being calculated from the median three results.

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.

Results Analysis

Interestingly, the 4890 cannot keep pace with the GTX285 in UTIII but the tables are turned with the ATI favoured GRID. That is until the AA and resolution is increased where the GTX285 shows it’s strengths. GRID is clearly a weakness for Nvidia cards as the 4890 soundly beats the GTX285. The tables however, are again turned when COD4 is taken into consideration with the 4890 nowhere in sight when compared to the Nvidia cards.

Let’s move on..