Performance in RPG
The game needs a lot of graphics memory as is indicated by the results of the GeForce GTX 280 but the Radeon HD 4870 X2 has the same amount of memory and wins at 2560x1600. Nvidia’s card is superior at resolutions below 1920x1200, though. That’s not a problem since the new card’s frame rate is always playable. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 seems to be worth its price here.
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 4870 X2 doesn’t show anything revolutionary in this game, but no revolution is called for, actually. The game is not a heavy application for today’s graphics cards. The bottom speed of the ATI solution is somewhat below the required minimum in open scenes at 2560x1600 whereas the GeForce GTX 280 always delivers a comfortable frame rate. Perhaps the Sideport interface, when enabled, will solve even this small problem.