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Clash of the Titans - ATI Radeon HD 4890 CrossFireX vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295

Test Setup & Results

The XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5

We've taken a quick look at XFX's factory-overclock XFX Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition and this is the vanilla variant of that card. It has the same reference cooler as its faster sibling, but comes with ATI's reference clock speeds, which means 850MHz at the core and 3900MHz DDR at the memory. It also shares the same outrageous packaging as the XXX Edition and comes with a copy of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. game.

Test Setup

We'll be testing the cards on our usual Vista system which has the following specifications:

Windows Vista SP1 Test System

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (3.00GHz)
  • Gigabyte X38T-DQ6 motherboard
  • 2 x 1GB DDR3-1333 Aeneon memory in dual channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1

The list of cards tested and their driver versions:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 (ForceWare 185.85)
  • 2x ATI Radeon HD 4890 in CrossFire (Catalyst 9.4)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 (Catalyst 9.3)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 (Forceware 181.20)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4890 (8.592.1RC1 provided by ATI)

To add on, the cards were tested using the following benchmarks:

  • Futuremark 3DMark06
  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Unreal Tournament 3