AMD Radeon HD 3800: ATI Strikes Back


Crysis is again subject to special treatment; on one hand it's the only one on which we have to lower resolutions and graphical settings one step (and despite all that, the averages noted are the lowest among all the games) and on the other hand it requires us to use a special driver for NVIDIA (169.05) in order to erase a curious SLI bug favoring standalone GeForces and on which the manufacturer communicates as little as possible. It's regrettable!

Despite all this, the situation doesn't really change at top of the chart, with performances behind by 16% for the HD 3870 compared to the 8800 GT, filters disabled, and around 21% once antialiasing is activated, except in 1920 x 1440. The HD 3850 is only behind the 8800 GTS 320 MB by no more than 4 to 6% on the two lowest resolutions, and the gap doesn't go beyond 15% in 1920 x 1440, a mode that's completely unplayable on those two cards anyway. Thumbs up for the HD 3850 in this case!