Call of Duty 4
This was the first real test for the Radeon HD 4870, and it was no disappointment. The card took third place in the rankings, behind the GeForce GTX 280 and the 9800 GX2, but ahead of the GTX 260! Its average lead over that card was 10%, even at a 2560*1600 resolution. It was 17% ahead of the Radeon HD 4850.
I have the 4950 and it is great
however, what are the possibilities for a CUDA like processing environment or handling Physics engines? I think AMD has done a great job making a pure video card, but I believe the future will be with unified technologies of having the GPU assist in other tasks as well.
Time will Tell
see how much I could gain by upgrading. Maybe thats an update to the desktop charts that just hasnt been dont yet? Seems like it would have already been.
The 4850 went up 6* and the 4870 went up 10*... I think the 4870 went up more, but you (Tom's) said it went up less.
LOTS of enthusiasts are planning a Nehalem build toward the end of the year. I image they will be getting 4850/4870s or GTX260/GTX280s. All depending on where the prices are I imagine.
I agree about the charts. I don't consider buying a 4870 vs an older card like an x1950, but it sure would be nice to see how much it has improved over time.