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Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2

ATI Radeon HD 4890: Playing To Win Or Played Again?

At 2560x1600 with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled, the Radeon HD 4890 gives you exactly 10% more performance than the HD 4870 1 GB. At 1920x1200 and 1680x1050, the platform itself seems to be more of a limiting factor and performance differs very little between the various mid-range cards. In sharp contrast to Crysis, Crytek’s Far Cry 2 is easily playable at the highest resolutions.

Turn on the eye candy and all of the cards take a much more noticeable performance hit—even the flagship Radeon HD 4870 X2. The Radeon HD 4890’s advantage over the single-GPU 4870 1 GB remains fairly modest—it certainly doesn’t make the difference between enabling a resolution that wouldn’t have been available before. Moreover, it remains just slightly faster than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 260 Core 216. It’s an improvement, but we’re still not compelled to spend an extra $75 bucks on it.

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    skeptic_27 , 2 April 2009 14:46
    Where are the HD4890 OC benchmarks, because that is where this card was made for.
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    mi1ez , 2 April 2009 17:57
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    Anonymous , 2 April 2009 19:07
    afaik far cry 2 has nothing to do with crytek anymore but was developed by ubisoft who bought the license
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    Anonymous , 2 April 2009 20:31
    Why aren't there any X3 Terran Conflict benchmarks?
    Surely one of the most power demanding games ever should be a benchmark to show us how these cards react to realkly demanding games.
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    wild9 , 2 April 2009 23:55
    With prices on GeForce GTX 260 Core 216s hovering between $180 and $190 online (with rebates dropping that to $160 in many cases), this isn’t June of 2008, where a surprise attack from ATI rocks Nvidia’s world.

    Cheapest I have seen a GTX260 in the UK is £181.00 or $266.00. Forget rebates as well, they're non-existent.

    We're paying an increase of around 66% more and I think that's disgraceful. It's holding the industry back, denying people access to new technology and ripping people off who can barely afford it. Looks like globalisation doesn't extend to harmonising graphics cards specs or prices. Thus, the UK consumer has no choice but to go back to June 2008 or earlier in order to get a graphics card they can afford.

    I am sorry to go, it's just that I would very much like to have access to this technology (nVidia or AMD), and I realise there are different tariffs to take into consideration but this is simply ridiculous. These prices are bound to come down in the US and even before they do they are drastically cheaper than those in the UK. Short, sharp shaft again.
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    tstebbens , 3 April 2009 19:40

    Amazon have the GTX 260 for ~£150. That's still $220 I know, but better than £181. I did find it for as little as £139 but, unsurprisingly it was out of stock.
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    waxdart , 3 April 2009 20:15
    @Wild9 - Blame the government! You’ll just get told - The cost of just doing business in the UK is a lot higher. Also the exchange rates are crap for us right now. And E.U. Law blar blar - and trade agreement- blar blar.

    @ everyone in the UK
    People have been bending over and taking it for far too long. Down with rip-off Britain. Write to your MP. I'll do it too. everyone join in!
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    Reynod , 3 April 2009 22:22
    This article like the previous is a bit too pro NVidia for my liking.

    The ATI cards just waste the current NVidia cards and the X2's are awesome.

    The respin of the 4870 core also allows for much higher overclocking due to the changes to the timings in the core.

    I'd like to see what XFX and some of the others are going to do wit hthis little baby .... expect bigger things than the standard benchies your showing.

    Reviews on a number of other sites are showing the ATI cards in a much more favourable light than here today ...

    Balance ...
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    wild9 , 4 April 2009 08:11
    I like the fact that AMD is rolling in GDDR5, instead of sticking to slower, older memory like GDD3. if only AMD could produce a chipset with say, 256MB of the stuff dedicated to the IGP :) 
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    wild9 , 4 April 2009 08:11
    GDD3..I meant GDDR3, sorry.
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    robbins , 6 April 2009 20:17
    tstebbens that's the old 260.
    You can get the old one for ~ £130

    This is by far the best core 216 to get. £151, factory overclocked, 2 fans... Just ordered one.
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    t-track , 7 April 2009 06:38
    The article is comparing a ATI's 4890 with Nvidia's 260 and 285 by using a driver for the new 4890 that actually does not support fully this card and a well updated and well tested driver for the Nvidia's counterparts.

    That is why the conclusions about the cards' performance are ill founded.

    Wait until the release of the new catalyst 9.4 and you will see that 4890 does not only kill NV 280, but also NV285 at this price range.

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    yourma2000 , 11 April 2009 21:25
    this benchmark needs to be retaken with the 9.4 drivers which officially support the 4890
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    Anonymous , 14 April 2009 03:05
    Lawl, vantage.. Vantage counts PhysX support, so you gave nVidia a lead in the synthetic benchies already, and guess what, the 4870 still matches the 285... Let alone what the core update'll do on the 4890. Besides that, like many people before me: Use the damn supportive drivers, then get a bench.