Performance in Strategies
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
The new add-on to Company of Heroes is tested in DirectX 10 mode only since it provides the highest quality of the visuals.
The ATI Radeon HD 4850 is 10-12% slower than the Radeon HD 3870 X2 in terms of average frame rate but is close to the comfortable minimum of speed at 1280x1024. The GeForce 9800 GTX has a very low minimum of speed despite being 30% ahead of the new Radeon in average frame rate. Thus, the Radeon HD 4850 seems to be the better choice for this game.
The Radeon HD 4870 triumphs in this test. It is the first graphics card to ensure a comfortable minimum of speed at 1600x1200/1680x1050 and to get close to doing that at 1920x1200. It is a superb result, especially for a $299 card.
Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
The add-on to C&C 3: Tiberium Wars brought no changes into the technical aspect of the game. The game still having a frame rate limiter, you should consider the minimum speed of the cards in the first place.
The Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 are faster than the GeForce 9800 GTX just because their minimum speed is 2fps higher at 1920x1200. This has no effect on the gamer’s experience, though. The GeForce 9600 GT is the only obvious outsider in this test.
World in Conflict
The Radeon HD 4850 is 7% slower than the GeForce 9800 GTX at 1280x1024 but the latter has problems at the higher resolution. It is the common problem of all modern solutions from Nvidia – inefficient graphics memory management. The ATI card goes ahead as the consequence even though the overall performance level is too low for the game to be playable at the highest graphics quality settings. The Radeon HD 3870 X2 is close to delivering comfortable speed, so we can hope for even better results from the upcoming Radeon HD 4870 X2.