Benchmark Results: Sum Of All Games
Our observations from the previous game titles (excluding 3DMark Vantage) are added up here and, not surprisingly, equal out to almost exactly a 10% performance boost moving from Radeon HD 4870 1 GB to Radeon HD 4890 1 GB.
The jump in performance is enough to best Nvidia's GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 at each of our tested resolutions, whereas the Radeon HD 4870 1 GB was only able to tie the Nvidia card. Were the GTX 260 priced as high as the HD 4890, that might be compelling win for ATI. However, there's a fairly significant price premium tied to the new ATI board, making it difficult to recommend.
Again, where the Radeon HD 4870 1 GB matched Nvidia's GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, the Radeon HD 4890 beats it without question. If e-tail pricing on these boards comes down to the $200-ish level, we'll have a real battle on our hands.