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Radeon HD 4830: High-Speed, Cheap CrossFire

Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2

Next on our benchmark list of first-person shooters is a newer title: Far Cry 2

With no AA applied, we can see that dual-card configurations of 4830s or 8800 GTs are formidable, providing performance comparable to the Radeon HD 4870 X2 up to the 1680x1050 resolution. It’s data like this that lets the consumer know that if you have a 1650x1080 monitor and don’t use anti-aliasing, then your money isn’t well spent on a 4870 X2.

As far as the 4830 versus 8800 GT battle goes, we see another very close race. The 8800 GT seems to have a slight advantage in SLI mode at lower resolutions, but this advantage disappears and is somewhat reversed by the time resolution is raised to 1920x1200.

It’s quite notable that even at the highest settings, Far Cry 2 is playable even with single video cards. The Far Cry 2 engine looks great, but is much more hardware-friendly than Crysis.

Now, let’s examine what happens when we throw 4x AA into the fray:

Increasing the eye candy in this fashion shows us more of the same story, with close results from both camps. Really, only 1280x1024 is playable at these settings on either the 4830 or the 8800 GT, whether in multi-card or single-card configurations.

  • badge
    Great look into the 4830. Makes me want to buy a Xfire setup using these.
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  • Doltron
    If you couldn't get Tray Tools to work with the Sapphire card why not use another program? Instead of giving up and coming up with a lame conclusion.

    Also 993*2 doesn't equal 1885 and the 4870 is clocked at 750 not 780.
    Your sound and temp charts have FPS on their X axis.
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  • hannibal
    It's nice to see good cards from both companies, ATI and NVidia!
    And the price is not bad at all. The competition is so good!
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  • neiroatopelcc
    The chart on page two sais 4850 runs at 625 - but stock is 600, and 4870 at 780 - which is 750 stock ... so is the 4830 speed correct?
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  • cangelini
    Numbers and charts are corrected.
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  • cangelini
    Actually stock clocks on the 4850 *are* 625. :P
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  • V3NOM
    I'm sure i saw that "4850 - smarter by design" article at anandtech first. or somewhere else... the name anyway not necessarily the article >.>
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  • giovanni86
    I knew that the 8800GT wasn't that fast, but those benchmarks ahve to be wrong... Sorry Nvidia fan boy here. Bye.
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  • V3NOM
    Um actually, the MSI runs at x16/x8 in SLI mode. If you instead got an evga 750i FTW motherboard, you would find it runs at x16/x16 in sli, thanks to its unlocked NF200 chip. the 750i FTW is not a reference nvidia board as the MSI is.
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  • V3NOM
    LOL at 1680x1050, the 4870X2 IMPROVES when 4xAA is added? i smell a rat...
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