Sapphire 4850x2 2GB PCIe Graphics Card
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.
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.
In both Call of Duty 4 and Far Cry 2, the 4850x2 blows the GTX280 out of the water bettering it by some margin, even with an increase in resolution and AA/AF are added. Crysis remains a weakness for ATI though with the GTX280 winning hands down in that benchmark. Texture corruption was also apparent in Crysis testing on the 4850x2 which again, is most likely due to the drivers.
Let's head over to the conclusion where I cast my overview on the 4850x2...