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Benchmark Results: Stalker: Clear Sky

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

Stalker: Clear Sky benchmarks are fairly new in our graphics card reviews, even if the game itself isn’t particularly fresh. Let us know what you think of this one in the comments section. At the very least, it’s a beautiful looking game. We measured performance by running the standalone benchmark and averaging together the four scores presented upon completion. Also, we opted for High detail settings, DirectX 10 lighting, and, in the case of the AMD cards, DirectX 10.1 disabled (for more on DX 10.1 versus DX 10, check out the page dedicated to that discussion earlier in the review).

At least at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200, the Radeon HD 4890 demonstrates its largest leads against the HD 4870 1 GB. However, that lead is needed in order for AMD to leapfrog the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, which was faster than the Radeon HD 4870. Frame buffer clearly isn’t a huge issue here, given the performance differences between the 512 MB and 1 GB 4870 boards.

Frame buffer does make a world of difference with 4x MSAA and 4x MSAA for alpha-tested objects turned on. The 512 MB Radeon HD 4870 drops down to nothing, and even Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 takes a significant hit versus the 1 GB AMD cards. The gap between the 4870 and 4890 remains roughly 10% or so. Most interesting, perhaps, is the Radeon HD 4870 X2’s pronounced advantage, almost exactly doubling performance at 2560x1600.  

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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.