Asus HD4850 512mb PCI-E Graphics Card EAH4850
Call of Duty 4 & BioShock
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 gameplay 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.
Call of Duty 4 shows that there is some truth in the 3DMark05/06 results over the previous page, with the HD4850 managing to beat out the 9800GTX card at high resolutions, but falling slightly short at 1280x1024. The insanely low price of the card more than makes up for this though, with the HD4850 being over £0.60 cheaper per fps at 1280x1024 and £0.78 cheaper at 1900x1200.
BioShock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine, it has a large amount of advanced DirectX techniques including excellent water rendering and superb lighting and smoke techniques. All results were recorded using F.R.A.P.S with a total of 5 identical runs through the same area of the game. The highest and lowest results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
The results from Call of Duty 4 are further amplified in the BIOSHOCK tests, with the 9800GTX beating out the HD4850 by around 20FPS at 1280x1024 and the results swinging back in favour of the HD4850 at 1900x1200. Interestingly, the HD4850 manages to beat out both of its dual-GPU predecessors (the 3870x2 and 3850x2) by quite a significant margin.
Yet again the HD4850 is the best buy, being over £1.00 cheaper per frame than the 9800GTX at 1900x1200 and £0.14 cheaper at 1280x1024.
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