Radeon HD 5770, Radeon HD 4890, And GeForce GTX 275 Overclocked

Benchmark Results: Tom Clancy’s EndWar

EndWar also builds on an improved Unreal 3 Engine. The game is not really ideal as a benchmark, since its frame rate is capped at 30 FPS by a limiter. While this is not unusual in current real-time strategy games, it makes choosing a good (and recent) benchmark game from this genre a tad difficult.

During testing, the frame rate actually dipped below the 30 fps mark in the Kopenhagen replay. The only solution was to turn off anti-aliasing at 1920x1200. While this is a good fix for gamers, it’s not helpful as a benchmark, since it leads to identical results and a benchmark run that is all but meaningless. The GeForce 9800 GTX+/GTS 250 sits right on the border here, coming in at 29.95 FPS (rounded up to 30). The Radeon HD 4770 and 4830 score lowest but still come in at 29 FPS at 1920x1200 without AA. The rest of the field could theoretically offer a few more frames per second, but is cut off at 30 FPS.

We get a better impression of the cards‘ performance with anti-aliasing enabled, since the replay can now put a strain even the more powerful models. Future graphics chips will surely hit the 30 fps barrier more often. Thus, we should understand this result as a guarantee for smooth game play. The delta is quite pronounced towards the end of the chart. Here, if a card falls behind by 10 percent, it translates into a 30 percent performance delta. As before, we chose the highest quality setting available in the game, High.

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  • silverblue
    I'm struggling to figure out why people keep using The Last Remnant as a benchmark considering how skewed its results are in favour of nVidia cards. Apart from that, good guide.
  • jennyh
    Nvidia bias as usual from THG.
  • Faustinono
    An HIS 5770 is available in Australia for under $A200, Powercolor even cheaper. Fantastic value, particularly with the scope for overclocking. I'll be in India for the next two months, interesting to check Mumbai prices.
  • damian86
    Nice guide.I'm happy how you tested it with the tom clancy's games,and fallout 3,but,to make it better Crysis & Crysis warhead should be in the list,those games need a powerfull engine:)Nice anyway.
  • Anonymous
    im also suprised the only 5000 series here is the 5770. ODD isnt it
  • Anonymous
    The 5870 and 5970 came out on the open market like what 3 months ago. It is odd that these guys cant acknowledge there EXISTENCE. I do believe they are biased in there benchmarks. I mean if u can show Nvideas 2gig card why on earth wouldnt u show ATI`s 2gig card. Or even the 1gig. Not very honest on there part i am ashamed to say.
  • Anonymous
    i am waiting to take order of one of these cards cant wait.....had to upgrade the psu to a 700w(mainly becaue it was cheeper then a 500w) going to put it all in 2morro night will let you know how it handles

    p.s good review