World in Conflict
As opposed to the two synthetic benchmarks, the real-life game shows no surprises. The Radeon HD 4770 is the slowest card in the total of test modes and resolutions but not much slower than the GeForce GTS 250. This card is even ahead of Nvidia’s products and of the low-frequency Radeon HD 4850 in the hardest visual mode. Thus, the four cards priced below $150 are actually similar in World of Conflict. And then, when we switch to the Radeon HD 4870 and GeForce GTX 260, we can see the frame rates grow up. The Radeon HD 4770 CrossFireX subsystem is faster yet and beats the more expensive Radeon HD 4890 and GeForce GTX 275 in the simpler test mode. The CrossFireX configuration is as fast as the GeForce GTX 275 in the AF+AA test mode, although the latter card is preferable in terms of bottom speed.
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
We have interesting results in this game. First, the Radeon HD 4770 performs very well, beating both GeForce GTS 250 (which are again equal to each other) as well as the Radeon HD 4850! It looks like AMD should stop producing not only Radeon HD 4830 but also HD 4850 now that there is the Radeon HD 4770. Second, AMD might think about introducing a dual-chip Radeon HD 4770 X2 with a recommended price of $199 or something because the CrossFireX configuration with two such cards is very impressive. Well, I have to confess that a rather annoying flickering of textures could be seen on the Radeon HD 4770 CrossFireX tandem in the FSAA mode, so CrossFireX technology does not work well in this game. But perhaps the driver for the new card is not yet polished off. And third, all the cards with Nvidia chips slow down surprisingly with 8x FSAA and fall behind their Radeon opponents.
Unreal Tournament 3
The average frame rate grows up in nearly equal steps from one graphics card to another, more expensive one in Unreal Tournament 3. There are three exceptions, though. First, the two GeForce GTS 250 are not only faster than the Radeon HD 4850 but equal the Radeon HD 4870 (in the AF+AA mode). Second, the Radeon HD 4770 CrossFireX outperforms the two more expensive single cards. And third, the Radeons are inferior to the GeForces at the high-quality settings. It is just the opposite to what we’ve seen in the previous game.