The minor speed-up shifting from Radeon HD 4890 to Radeon HD 5850 is enough to best Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 285, but we’re not sure it’s worth upgrading if you already have ATI’s once-single-GPU flagship (and if your only concern is 3D gaming). In both cases, sans AA, 2560x1600 is playable in an RTS like this one. Naturally, the promise of DirectX 11, Eyefinity, and the upcoming multimedia enhancements will also have to factor into your decision, though.
Adding AA and AF seperates out the field a bit, and for the first time we have Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 285 besting the Radeon HD 5850. Pairing two of the cards together gives AMD wins at 1680x1050, while Nvidia’s SLI’d GTX 285s are faster at 2560x1600. Then again, you pay significantly more for the GeForce cards’ win. AMD maintains the upper-hand here.
- The Makings Of Radeon HD 5850
- Hardware And Benchmark Setup
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2
- Benchmark Results: Left 4 Dead
- Benchmark Results: World In Conflict
- Benchmark Results: H.A.W.X.
- Benchmark Results: Resident Evil 5
- Benchmark Results: Grand Theft Auto IV
- Power Consumption And Noise
- The Lynnfield Element