AMD Radeon HD 3800: ATI Strikes Back

Call Of Duty 4

With a gameplay not really surprising, yet as convincing as always, Call of Duty 4 stunned us more with its graphics. It's visualy very impressive without matching up to Crysis', however, they're obtained in a less "noble" fashion, by resorting to very detailed textures, which translates into a much smaller dependency on the GPU's computational power.

As UT3, but more logically, Call of Duty 4 appears to be sensitive to memory bandwidth and once more places the Radeon HD 2900 XT slightly above the HD 3870 with or without filters and even in front of the 8800 GT only when filters are disabled. Lower in the food chain, the Radeon HD 3850 is outperformed by the 8800 GTS 320 MB with performances inferior by 13 to 25%, but always largely superior to those of the 8600 GTS.