Sapphire HD 4890 Atomic Edition Reviewccokeman - May 3, 2009
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Far Cry 2:
Featuring a new game engine named Dunia, this game looks to be another one to stress your video card. Built especially for Far Cry 2, this engine allows for real time effects and damage. This next generation First Person Shooter comes to us from Ubisoft surprisingly - not from Crytek. The game is set in a war-torn region of Africa where there is a non-existent central government and the chaos that surrounds this type of social environment. If you have seen the movie Blood Diamond, you know the setting. Ubisoft puts the main storyline of the game into focus with these statements: "Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfill your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force." In this version of the game, you don't have the beautiful water, but instead the beauty and harshness of the African continent to contend with. Most games give you a set area that can be played through, while Ubisoft has given the gamer the equivalent of 50km2 of the vast African continent to explore while in pursuit of your goals. The settings used are just a few steps below the maximum in-game settings and offer a good blend of performance vs. visual quality.
- Anti-Aliasing: x2
- Game Settings: Very High
- Vsync: Off
The Sapphire HD 4890 Atomic Edition offers up performance almost on par with the Asus GTX 285 TOP. At 1920x1200, the Atomic Edition actually ties the performance of the GTX 285 - no small feat, considering the fact that the GTX 285 is considered the fastest single GPU card on the market. The performance improvement from the stock card is pretty substantial, with the Atomic Edition beating every card but the GTX 285. When overclocked, the Atomic Edition comes to life and exceeds the performance of the GTX 285 in three out of four resolutions, and ties it at the big finale.