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 Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire doesn’t match the single Radeon HD 4870, unfortunately. Despite a notable advantage in average frame rate, its bottom speed is below comfortable even at 1280x1024.
The gap from the GeForce GTX 280 is a mere 4% at 2560x1600 but the minimum speed of each solution is too low for you to enjoy smooth gameplay.
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.
There is no difference between the Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire and the GeForce GTX 280 even at a resolution of 2560x1600 where each graphics subsystem hits the frame rate limit. The single Radeon HD 4870 and GeForce GTX 260 are no worse, though.
World in Conflict
It is only at 1920x1200 that the Radeon HD 4850 CrossFire platform is competitive to the GeForce GTX 280. The single Radeon HD 4870 delivers somewhat higher bottom and average frame rates under the same conditions.
Nvidia’s flagship product is notably faster although has a lower bottom speed than ATI’s dual-GPU subsystem. Unfortunately, every tested graphics subsystem has a low button speed in this test. The best result comes from the Radeon HD 3870 X2, yet it is lower than 25fps. We hope for better results from the upcoming Radeon HD 4870 X2 which is superior to its predecessor in every parameter.