Sapphire's Ultimate HD 3850 and Atomic HD 3870

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Performance Comparisons with Crysis



If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the highly anticipated single player demo of the hot, new, upcoming FPS smash-hit Crysis, should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine visuals are easily the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on the computer screen to date.  The engine employs some of the latest techniques in 3D rendering like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur and Depth-of-Field effects, as well as some of the most impressive use of Shader technology we've seen yet.  In short, for those of you that want to skip the technical jib-jab, Crysis is HOT.  We ran the SP demo with all of the game's visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested.


Even without Anti-Aliasing, the most powerful card in our suite only breaks the 30 fps barrier at 1280x1024 with the rest of the benchmarks falling mostly between 15-25 frames per second.  As seen in previous games, the two HD 3870s are separated by about a frame in each of our testing runs.  The HD 3850's performance lies some 20% behind either of the Radeon HD 3870s.

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