This game is tested at the High level of detail, excepting the Shaders option which is set at Very High. This way we try to achieve a compromise between image quality and speed.
The Radeon HD 4850 is not brilliant here, but the 17% gap from the GeForce 9800 GTX at 1280x1024 is not a big problem as both cards are far from delivering comfortable performance. The ATI Radeon HD 4870 shows a much better result and is even faster than Nvidia’s card at high resolutions, but doesn’t add any more comfort. Still, this is another victory for ATI.
Perhaps the performance of the new cards in this game can be improved by Catalyst updates, but the real breakthrough should occur with the Radeon HD 4870 X2. We’ll check this out in our upcoming review that will cover new CrossFireX tandems.
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
The frame rate is fixed at 30fps in this game as this is the rate at which the physical model is being updated at the server. Thus, this 30fps speed is the required minimum for playing the game.
ATI’s solutions have never been good in this test but the Radeon HD 4850 breaks this tradition. Being a junior model of the new series with a price tag of only $199, it easily competes with the GeForce 9800 GTX that cost over $300 just recently.
The senior model, Radeon HD 4870, leaves Nvidia’s card far behind. ATI’s new development approach works perfectly best here: not relying on the sheer increase of GPU resources, the developer complements it with topology and architecture optimizations as well as latest technological advances such as GDDR5.