ATI Radeon HD 4850 Preview: AMD Delivers Performance for the Massesby Anand Lal Shimpi & Derek Wilson on June 19, 2008 5:00 PM EST
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For Crysis, we used the Crysis Benchmark Tool available from Crymod. Rather than testing our own recorded demo, this time we went with the built-in GPU benchmark that does a flyby of the island level. Our test was run with all the settings except for shader quality on high. Shader quality was set to very high.
With less than 5% difference between the 9800 GTX and the 4850, the new card from AMD certainly holds its own. it still isn't really playable at 1080p or higher resolutions, and even 1680x1050 is a tall order, but the 9800 GTX is in the same boat. Playing at 1280x1024 or lower or dropping down the quality settings is recommended until you start to spend much more money.