Crysis: Warhead

Kicking things off, we’ll start with Crysis: Warhead. Warhead is still the single most demanding game in our arsenal, with cards continuing to struggle to put out a playable frame rate with everything turned up.

The 5670 is slow enough that it doesn’t fare well here on Crysis with the settings turned up. Crysis is a crushing game, and it’s necessary to turn the settings down to get a playable framerate.

Once we do that, it does quite well at nearly 50fps at 1280. Compared to the GT 240 it’s upwards of 25% faster, and even edges out the 8800 GT in all cases. It’s also a great deal faster than the 4670, beating it by nearly 40%. The 4850 gets the last laugh however, and handily beats the 5670.

The Test Far Cry 2
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  • JonnyDough - Sunday, January 17, 2010 - link

    It's always good to see new cards rolling off the line that don't require me to open another coal-powered power plant in my town.
  • PR3ACH3R - Monday, January 25, 2010 - link

    The current situation with Anandtech ATI reports & coverage is absolutely absurd, & so disappointing,
    I do not even know where to start.

    It seems like nothing is done by pros anymore at Anandtech.

    From the endless 57XX Driver bugs, To the flaky incomplete & undocumented DXVA features,
    To the High DPC usage in anything not 3d/dxva
    all the way to the poorest 2d performance ever seen on the pc (this is not an exaggerated comment), NOTHING is discovered by Anadtech.

    You have become a commercial, biased, & unprofessional, overrated site.

    So there, I have done the work for you,
    go check these issues & let's see when you will get the staff professional enough to analyze or even notice all the above.
  • 529th - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    According to benchmark reviews the 4670 idles at 9w - the way they come to this conclusion is they boot the pc without the vid card and run the psu cord through a Kill-A-Watt EZ P4460 wall socket mount that reads the wattage draw, take that number for system idle power and then run it against the system at idle with the card for a base number, then they run it through some 3D titles for total draw..
  • 7Enigma - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    There is no marketing or business decision to continue producing the 4850. It's more expensive to make than the reviewed card, and it's making the new cards look like crap. I personally believe the Far Cry 2 data is not correct (it makes no sense), but in everything else the 4850 is significantly faster.

    I'm actually surprised AMD would be stupid enough to continue producing (not just selling out of existing stock) the 4850...they are shooting themselves in the foot and making their "new" product lineup underwhelming.

    Hint, hint, if you are in the market for a card in this price range and don't care about power requirements or small size (ie HTPC), get the 4850 NOW. I can't imagine it will be around next month unless AMD is completely clueless (which I believe they are not).
  • peakchua - Friday, May 7, 2010 - link

    hey im a noob on GPU'S :) is the 4850 better than the 5670? I own an imac :) with a mobility 4850, if apple upgraded to a mobilit 5750, would it be considerably faster? I tried asking apple but as usual they never reply :)
  • JimmiG - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    It seems not a single card in the 5-series bring you more performance at a particular price point. There's always a card from the 4-series that beats the 5-series and costs less. Why this trade off between performance and features? It's either a slower card with more features or a faster card with less features...

    This is completely unlike the 4-series, which revolutionized performance at every price point.

    Guess things will change in, oh, about a year, when Fermi-derived cards are out at all price points...
  • marc1000 - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    If we can expect the same "downsizing" that Nvidia did for the GT200, then there will be low-end Fermi's only in 2013....
  • rjc - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    On th first page of the article it said launch volume would be around 50k units and that is expected to be sufficient.

    Is that figure for US only? if it's the whole world, it works out about 1 card each for all the retail stores that sell graphic cards. Even with the price set high as it is would think a much greater supply is needed.

    From here:">
    The market for grphics cards is about 20m units per quarter...this card is supposed to be in the mainstream segment would think it would sell in the millions.
  • ChoadNamath - Thursday, January 14, 2010 - link

    How is the load power 63W higher than idle when the TDP is supposed to be only 61W? It sounds like something is funky with your review sample, or AMD's numbers are just wrong.
  • Iketh - Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - link

    Hey choad, let's bash AnandTech/AMD on the basis of your ignorance! YEA~!~! It's better to just ask why it's 63w than to assume.

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