Gaming at Beyond Full HD Resolutions Finally Made Affordable? - Force 3D Radeon HD 4870 Vs. Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 Review. Page 12
[08/19/2008 02:22 PM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Yaroslav Lyssenko
It has been a traditional assumption that the monitor and system case should be priced comparably. However, the arrival of expensive processors and graphics accelerators made this statement very doubtful. Today we are going to check how well 300-dollar graphics cards can perform in video games in 2560x1600 resolution. We will test Force 3D Radeon HD 4870 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 260.
Performance in RPG
The ATI Radeon HD 4870 is slower than its opponent at every resolution up to 1920x1200 and slows down even more at 2560x1600. It seems to have too little memory to run the game at the highest resolution.
On the other hand, the GTX 260 and HD 4870 make it possible to play the game at 1920x1200 with 4x FSAA.
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 Force3D Radeon HD 4870 and GeForce GTX 260 cards have identical speeds in every display mode. However, you can have slowdowns in some scenes if you are running the game on a 4870 card at 2560x1600.
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