VisionTek 4850 1GB B2 ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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Featuring all-new game tests, 3DMark Vantage 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 begins at 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
Surprisingly, the 4850s and 4770s score very similarly until the more intense settings are enabled. After the Entry test, the GTS250 ceded all its efforts, and at Extreme, the overclocked 4850 tied with the 4870! In the three higheest settings the 4850 placed second, or tied for first. Not too bad for a mid-range card!