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Sapphire HD 4890 Atomic Edition Review

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Featuring all-new game tests, this benchmark is for use with Vista-based systems. "There are two all-new CPU tests that have been designed around a new 'Physics and Artificial Intelligence-related computation.' CPU test two offers support for physics related hardware." There are four preset levels that correspond to specific resolutions. 'Entry' is 1024x768 progressing to 'Extreme' at 1920x1200. Of course, each preset can be modified to arrange any number of user designed testing. For our testing, I will use the four presets at all default settings.


  • Settings (each preset): Default
  • Entry: 1024x768
  • Performance: 1280x1024
  • High: 1680x1050
  • Extreme: 1920x1200
  • PhysX: Off











The performance delivered by the Atomic HD 4890 is again well above that delivered by the stock example. Against the Nvidia offerings, it still falls short against the GTX 275 and GTX 285. However, it does come much closer and only falls to the GTX 285. While ATI seems to enjoy considerable success in 3DMark06, the same can't be said in 3DMark Vantage. Even with PhysX turned off in the Nvidia control panel, the Nvidia cards perform better in this test - but the gap is shrinking.


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