Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+

Written by Harry Butler

September 23, 2008 | 12:52

Tags: #4850 #best #gpu #graphics-card #harry #hd-4850 #radeon #review

Companies: #amd #ati #powercolor

Crysis

Publisher: Electronic Arts

What can we say about this game that hasn’t been said already? Crysis was probably the most anticipated game on the PC last year and was released on November 16th 2007.

Crysis is seen by many as the poster boy for DirectX 10 and it will make your system cry, quite literally – it’s a monster! It doesn’t come as much of a surprise then, that the graphics are something special – they’re above and beyond anything we’ve ever seen in a PC game.

We tested the game using the 64-bit executable under both DirectX 9.0 and DirectX 10 with the 1.21 patch applied. We used a custom timedemo recorded from the Laws of Nature level which is more representative of gameplay than the built-in benchmark that renders things much faster than you're going to experience in game. We found that around 30-33 fps in our custom timedemo was sufficient enough to obtain a playable frame rate through the game. It's a little different to other games in that the low frame rates still appear to be quite smooth.

For our testing, we set all quality details to High and forced 8x Anisotropic Filtering in the driver menu as there is currently no support for it in game. We tested at 1280x1024, using 0x, 2x and 4x Anti Aliasing, 1680x1050 using 0x and 4x Anti Aliasing and 1920x1200 using 0x and 2xAA. By extensively testing using Anti Aliasing in very high resolutions, we'll be pushing even the bleeding edge hardware on test to the limit.

Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+ Crysis DX10 Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+ Crysis DX10

DirectX 10


Crysis

1280x1024, 0xAA, 8xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • 58.1
    • 29.0
    • 50.2
    • 29.0
    • 45.7
    • 26.0
    • 38.6
    • 22.0
    • 35.1
    • 20.0
    • 32.9
    • 18.0
    • 31.3
    • 17.0
    • 29.4
    • 13.0
    • 27.4
    • 15.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Crysis

1280x1024, 2xAA, 8xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • 53.8
    • 26.0
    • 46.4
    • 28.0
    • 42.0
    • 25.0
    • 36.0
    • 20.0
    • 29.1
    • 15.0
    • 29.0
    • 16.0
    • 27.9
    • 15.0
    • 26.9
    • 13.0
    • 23.4
    • 14.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Crysis

1280x1024, 4xAA, 8xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • 48.4
    • 22.0
    • 43.2
    • 26.0
    • 39.1
    • 23.0
    • 32.0
    • 17.0
    • 28.6
    • 13.0
    • 25.5
    • 12.0
    • 24.7
    • 12.0
    • 24.0
    • 13.0
    • 20.7
    • 12.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Crysis

1680x1050, 0xAA, 8xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • 45.4
    • 22.0
    • 40.1
    • 25.0
    • 36.4
    • 23.0
    • 30.8
    • 18.0
    • 27.8
    • 17.0
    • 25.9
    • 15.0
    • 24.7
    • 15.0
    • 22.8
    • 11.0
    • 21.8
    • 13.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Crysis

1680x1050, 4xAA, 8xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • 36.7
    • 18.0
    • 32.0
    • 21.0
    • 28.4
    • 18.0
    • 25.1
    • 12.0
    • 20.0
    • 10.0
    • 19.3
    • 10.0
    • 19.2
    • 8.0
    • 17.9
    • 9.0
    • 14.7
    • 9.0
0
10
20
30
40
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Crysis

1920x1200, 0xAA, 8xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • 40.6
    • 19.0
    • 32.7
    • 20.0
    • 29.5
    • 18.0
    • 26.9
    • 16.0
    • 22.4
    • 14.0
    • 21.6
    • 13.0
    • 21.5
    • 13.0
    • 20.1
    • 10.0
    • 17.2
    • 10.0
0
10
20
30
40
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Crysis

1920x1200, 2xAA, 8xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • 36.3
    • 17.0
    • 29.2
    • 19.0
    • 26.1
    • 16.0
    • 24.7
    • 12.0
    • 19.9
    • 11.0
    • 19.2
    • 11.0
    • 17.7
    • 8.0
    • 15.3
    • 8.0
    • 13.1
    • 7.0
0
10
20
30
40
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Crysis

2560 x 1600, 0xAA, 8xAF, DX10, High Detail

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850
  • ATI Radeon 3870 X2
  • Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
    • 24.3
    • 8.0
    • 21.7
    • 11.0
    • 18.1
    • 9.0
    • 15.8
    • 8.0
    • 13.1
    • 7.0
    • 12.6
    • 6.0
    • 12.3
    • 3.0
    • 11.7
    • 3.0
    • 9.4
    • 3.0
0
5
10
15
20
25
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

The new drivers don't really upset the running order in Crysis' DirectX10 mode, with the 4870 X2 still sitting on top and the GTX 280 and 260 some way below. The latest ForceWare seems to have improved the performance of the GTX 260 somewhat though, as it now tops the HD 4870 at every resolution and AA setting. The Powercolor HD 4850 PCS+ is exactly where we expected it to be, just a few frames per second above its stock clocked brother thanks to the conservative pre-overclock.
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