XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review :: Gameplay

04-13-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

Tom Clancy's HAWX played extremely well on the XFX HD 4890 XXX Edition card as to be expected. Frame rates in the high 70s- low 90s were observed throughout the first two missions of the game. After having played this game in DirectX 10.0 and DirectX 10.1 mode, performance is higher in 10.1 mode. This game has over 50 different aircraft and is quite a bit of fun once you get used to the controls.

The next game on the list Far Cry 2 is a game released last year that is the sequel to one of the first DirectX 8.0 games, Far Cry. Taking a completely different story direction from the first game, Far Cry 2 is also not as visually demanding as Crysis, one of the first DirectX 10.0 games. The HD 4890 was able to play this game with high frame rates throughout the resolution spectrum of my monitor.

The third game I tried on the XFX HD 4890 was Call Of Duty World at War, the latest in a long line of Call of Duty games to hit the PC. COD: WAW is set in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. The game plays great on the HD 4890, with every resolution and FSAA setting almost fully playable with little slowdown.

Mirror's Edge is a game being touted by NVIDIA for its PhysX support. The game stars a Runner (you) going through a series of levels and obstacles. You can play the game with or without PhysX effects enabled on the Radeon HD 4890, but to play it with reasonable frame rates you need to disable PhysX after 1280x1024 with 4x AA and 16x AF. Certain areas of the game are accessible with PhysX but the majority of the effects take the frame rate down to unacceptable levels especially when glass and cloth are in motion.


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XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review


XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review


XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition Video Card Review