PowerColor Liquid Cooled Radeon HD 4890 LCS

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Our Test System and 3DMark Vantage

HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: In order to provide comparable results, each graphics card was installed on the same, high end test system. The components we used consisted of an EVGA X58 Classified motherboard, Core i7 965 Extreme processor, and 6GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer memory. Within the BIOS, we configured the processor and memory to their rated specifications of 3.2GHz and 1600MHz respectively. The Western Digital Velociraptor hard drive was formatted before installing a clean copy of Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1. Once the installation was completed, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest drivers and applications relevant to the test system.  

HotHardware's Test Systems
Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 965 (3.2GHz)

EVGA X58 Classified
(X58 Express Chipset)

Radeon HD 4890 PowerColor LCS
Radeon HD 4870X2 VisionTek
GeForce GTX 285 Infinity Edition
GeForce GTX 295 EVGA

6GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600 C8
(3 X 2GB)

Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
(10,000RPM - SATA)

Relevant Software:
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
DirectX March 2009 Redist
RivaTuner v2.24
ATI Catalyst Control Center

ATI Catalyst Display Driver 9.4
NVIDIA GeForce Drive 185.87

Benchmarks Used:

3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
FarCry 2
Left 4 Dead*

* - Custom benchmark

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200, with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

Obviously not a match against the dual GPU offerings, the PowerColor HD 4890 LCS is competitive compared to the GTX 285 videocard. The 4890 comes win 1,000 points and 3 frames per second of NVIDIA's fastest single GPU product. In addition, the overclocked core and memory speeds show improvement over reference settings. 

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