Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4890 2G GDDR5 Review :: Test Setup and Software

07-31-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

The test system for video cards is in need of an update and will probably be updated to reflect newer games soon. A new platform for video cards is a lot of work and the right balance needs to be found between games and benchmarks. Another balance should be found in the games that use the high-end features the card supports and that is hard to do.


Test System


  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 running 3.2GHz
  • 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000MHz memory running at 1333MHz
  • XFX nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard running 15.53 Forceware
  • Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4890 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E card running Catalyst 9.7
  • 2 74GB WD Raptor SATA HDDs in RAID 0 Mode
  • Cooler Master 1000W PSU
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Business with SP1

Tests


DX9

  • STALKER Shadows of Chernobyl 1280x1024, 1920x1200, 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • Enemy Territory QuakeWars 1280x1024, 1920x1200, 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • Unreal Tournament 3 1280x1024, 1920x1200, 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare: 1280x1024, 1920x1200, 4x AA 16x AF, Custom FRAPS Walkthrough
  • 3DMark05/06 1280x1024, 1920x1200
  • SpecViewPerf 10
  • PCMark05/Vantage

DX10

  • Crysis Patch 1.2.1 1280x1024. 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Custom FRAPS walkthrough of first area
  • Lost Planet latest version, 1280x1024, 1920x1200 4x AA 16x AF Performance benchmark
  • 3DMark Vantage 1280x1024, 1920x1200 default benchmarks
  • Bioshock 1280x1024 1920x1200 Custom FRAPS walkthrough