MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun :: Gaming on the MSI R4670 2D512/3D Card

12-19-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

With the holiday season upon us one of the uses for the new video card is to play the latest and greatest games. I've taken a selection of the latest games including Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty World at War and STALKER: Clear Sky out for a spin on the HD 4670 card from MSI. The system used was our video card test bench including the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770, 2GB of DDR3-2000 memory, a XFX nForce 790i Ultra SLI board and two 74GB WD Raptor SATA drives in RAID 0 mode.

Crysis Warhead is the prequel to the most frustrating game of all time in terms of graphics hardware, Crysis. The original Crysis game played horribly on the HD 4670 from MSI with frame rates bordering in the mid-teens at 1650x1080. Crysis Warhead plays better with higher frame rates throughout the game when in 1280x1024 the highest playable setting on the MSI HD 4670 card. If you want higher frame rates and settings you'll need to get a HD 4870.

Far Cry 2 is the sequel to one of the first games to fully support DirectX 9.0, Far Cry. The game uses a completely new graphics engine called the X-Ray engine that is designed to work with graphics cards better than the Cry Engine 2 used on Crysis. Far Cry runs beautifully on the HD 4670 with frame rates in the 20s throughout the game even at high resolution like 1600x1200. Turning on anti-aliasing caused frame rates to be playable only up to 1280x1024.

Left 4 Dead is a kind of Resident Evil game. In this game you are a survivor of a mutant virus that has turned Earth's humans into zombie like creatures. The game engine is a newer version of the Source Engine used in Half Life 2 but updated to support multi-core processors like the Core i7 and QX9770 CPUs and some updated visual effects. Left 4 Dead plays very well on the HD 4670 with consistent framerates in the 60s at maximum resolution and settings.


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MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun


MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun


MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun
MSI R4670 2D512 Review by Ben Sun