First up is Unreal Tournament 3, for which I used the Guru3D.com benchmark tool. Settings include 1680 x 1050 resolution, all detail and texture settings maxed out, 30 bots, DX10 and full screen.
The HD 4870 had no problem here.
The next game I used was Far Cry 2. I really liked the original Far Cry and Crysis was another great game, so I expected a lot out of Far Cry 2. In terms of game play, I am still on the fence but that doesn't stop it from being a great benchmark. Far Cry 2 uses the new Dunia engine which many people say is less demanding than that used in Crysis.
I used the bundled benchmark tool with the following settings: 1680 x 1050, DX10 and Ultra High overall quality settings. I also tested Far Cry 2 using 0, 2, 4 and 8x anti-aliasing. Below are the results.
The HD 4870 again beat out the 9800GT, especially when anti-aliasing was disabled. It seems as though the HD 4870's advantage didn't hold up so well when adding AA. If you recall, I overclocked the processor to 3.4 GHz to eliminate any bottlenecks but perhaps only running 2GB of memory is hurting me here.
Just for fun, I also decided to compare DX9 and DX10 using Far Cry 2. I used the same settings as above, and my results are below.
It's no surprise that DX9 performed better here, and to be honest, I really couldn't tell much of a difference in terms of graphics quality between the two.
Continue ahead as we take a look at overclocking and temperatures.