R700: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 - Crysis

By Edward Chester

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Awards

  • Recommended by TR
R700: ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2

Summary

Our Score:

9

While it hasn't been a huge commercial success and its gameplay is far from revolutionary, the graphical fidelity of Crysis is still second to none and as such it's still the ultimate test for a graphics card. With masses of dynamic foliage, rolling mountain ranges, bright blue seas, and big explosions, this game has all the eye-candy you could wish for and then some.

We test using the 32-bit version of the game patched to version 1.1 and running in DirectX 10 mode. We use a custom timedemo that's taken from the first moments at the start of the game, wandering around the beach. Surprisingly, considering its claustrophobic setting and graphically rich environment, we find that any frame rate above 30fps is about sufficient to play this game.

All in-game settings are set to high for our test runs and we test with both 0xAA and 4xAA. Transparency anti-aliasing is also manually turned on through the driver, though this is obviously only enabled when normal AA is being used in-game.

Even though ATI was at pains to point out Crysis is one game that doesn't scale very well in Crossfire, the HD 4870 X2 still has a clear lead over any other single card. Indeed this card sets a record by being the first single card that gives playable frame rates at 2,560 x 1,600 in this game. Truly impressive stuff.

Nik

August 22, 2008, 6:48 pm

Well,nice,indeed.But,what about heat? 70 or 80 degrees of celsius or..cool!

Ed

November 12, 2008, 4:15 pm

This card does indeed run very hot. 70 or 80 degrees Celsius is about right. I've never experienced any problems due to heat with this card, though.

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