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The Best of the Best - High-end Graphics Card Special
By Kenny Yeo - 24 Dec 2008,12:00am

Windows Vista Results - Far Cry 2 & Crysis Warhead

Windows Vista Results - Far Cry 2 & Crysis Warhead

One of the new games introduced into our suite of benchmarks is Crysis Warhead. In terms of system requirements, Warhead requires nearly the identical minimum system requirements of the original Crysis, but in "gamer" and "enthusiast" mode (the original Crysis equivalent of "high" and "very high" respectively), it is said a less powerful machine is required. For the purpose of this test, we'll be running in "enthusiast" mode with anti-aliasing turned on for one run, and turned off for another.

Unsurprisingly, the pair of Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards were the fastest and again, the Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe demonstrates that its memory overclock is doing little to aid performance as its scores were nearly identical to that of a reference HD 4870 X2. In comparison, the HIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo fared better, posting scores that were at least 5% better than a reference Radeon HD 4870.

Thanks to the insane overclocks on the Zotac GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition, it easily blew away its reference counterpart. The Leadtek WinFast GTX 260 Extreme+ didn't do too bad either, as it obtained scores that were about 7% greater than a reference GeForce GTX 260 Core 216.

Another new introduction is Far Cry 2, a first-person shooter. Far Cry 2 utilizes a newly developed engine called Dunia, which promises graphics as good as, or even surpassing that of Crysis, but with much less graphics processing power. For our tests, we cranked up the settings to ultra-high and even had to turn on anti-aliasing up to 8x to tax our selection of cards here.

While the Palit Revolution 700 Deluxe continued to post scores that were only a little better than its reference counterpart, the HIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB really shone, probably thanks to its extra 512MB video memory. The gulf between the HIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB and the reference Radeon HD 4870 512MB really widened when we increased settings.

Over at the green camp, the Zotac GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition continued its fine performance, and posted scores that were not that much far off our two Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards. The Leadtek WinFast GTX 260 Extreme+ also performed well, managing frame-rates that were significantly faster than a reference GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 card.

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