Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 11-05-2008
Provided by: Palit

I must admit that I am not a huge gamer, but I did have a couple of games on hand to test with. Both cards were tested using the latest available drivers.

First up is Unreal Tournament 3, for which I used the 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.

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