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Roundup: Mainstream Graphics Cards From ATI And Nvidia

Benchmark Results: The Last Remnant

This role-playing game takes a more leisurely tempo because its battles come in predictable rounds much like those in Final Fantasy. Visuals come from the Unreal 3 engine, which keeps gaining more DirectX 10 content as time passes. Because you can’t boost AA for this game manually, and the Nvidia drivers can’t deliver higher settings, we used standard settings, which are locked at 4x anisotropic filtering (AF).

When set to High, the graphics settings are maxed out for the game, so that’s what we used for our high-end tests. We used a real battle for the test sequence we measured with FRAPS, and because game action and encounters varied, we averaged two different runs for our readings. Without AA enabled, better graphics cards deliver decent frame rates, while higher-end GPUs deliver absolutely fluid action throughout.

  • Bloodblender
    All I can say is that Tom's recent articles have been an excellent read, and this exactly the stuff I (as well as many others) require for their research purposes. Keep up the great work!
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  • dirtmountain
    Nice article,very well done, but you need to show the 4670 in CF as costing $162, not $81 as shown in the final chart.
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  • rambo117
    the iceQ concept is amazing. keeps my 3870s nice and chilly (70C) while hardcore gaming
    and not to mention they both look intimidating in my case ;)
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  • pij
    Quick question -

    4770 in crossfire or single 4890 best bet???..
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  • to me the gaming benches are most important but energy efficiency and heat dissipation run a close 2nd. thanks for providing it all!
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  • Julianbreaker
    Newegg has quite a few 4850s that retail for $100 and it appears to be getting consistently better benchmarks than the 4770. I am confused as to why you would not recommend it over the 4770. Perhaps you are confused by simple maths.
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  • radiowars
    PijQuick question - 4770 in crossfire or single 4890 best bet???..They already did a whole article on that...
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  • bucifer
    I don't understand why you still won't use the 1GB version of the Radeon 4870. It's clear to me that the card is limited by it's amount of video memory when using hi-res, AA and AF.
    Searching for prices in US and Europe it retails cheaper than the GTX260(192 or 216).
    The point is: the card should be included in the test just as the GTX260-216. It's clearly a better option than the 512 mb version and it's good for comparison!
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  • masterjaw
    Nice article here. Most importantly, no unnecessary bias included.
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  • holodust
    Nice article, but I don't see how testing these cards on i7 920@3.8 fits into mainstream.
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