Performance in RPG
The Radeon HD 4850 shows its best in this test, leaving the GeForce 9800 GTX far behind and even outperforming the Radeon HD 3870 X2. The frame rate is quite high for playing at 1600x1200 and 1680x1050. Until today you could only get this speed from a SLI subsystem or a GeForce 9800 GX2 that cost quite a lot. ATI’s new card is obviously a success as its price is a modest $199.
The senior model of the new series takes first place but it is not far ahead of the junior model. It doesn’t make new display modes available for the gamer because its minimum speed doesn’t reach the desired 25fps at 1920x1200.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The game loses much of its visual appeal without HDR. Although some gamers argue that point, we think TES IV looks best with enabled FP HDR and test it in this mode.
The Radeon HD 4850 doesn’t set any records in this game which used to be a hard trial for the best graphics solutions at the time of its release, but now is hardly a problem for modern graphics hardware. The new mainstream card just shows its worth, equaling ATI’s previous-generation flagship and even delivering the best minimum speed in the open scenes. Thus, it is the preferred choice in its class for playing this game.
The difference between the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 is small because the latter’s main advantage of fast memory is not called for in this game, at least if you prefer HDR to FSAA.