|ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP 512MB Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Matt Williams|
|Sunday, 21 December 2008|
Page 10 of 15
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmarks
Devil May Cry 4 is one of the newest additions to Benchmark Reviews' testing suite. Launched in July of this year for the PC, it is also one of the newest games on the market. Fortunately for us, Capcom recognized the community's interest in hardware testing and included a built in benchmarking tool with this game. In fact, it is even included it in the demo. The benchmarking tool runs through four different scene, all of which I highly recommend watching. It's a beautifully detailed game and, as you'll see from our benchmarks, can produce some great framerates even on lower end hardware.
In keeping with our previous tests, the Devil May Cry 4 benchmark will be run at 1280x1024, 1680x1050, and 1920x1200 resolutions. All options are set to high where available, with 4x AA enabled through the in-game options and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled via the catalyst control center. All four scenes are allowed to play through three times, with the first results disregarded and the other two averaged. This proved to produce very reliable results, with an error rate as low as 1-2 FPS.
At a lower resolution of 1280x1024, none of the cards are pushed too hard and all produce adequate framerates. The HD 4670 even fares well, although compared to the EAH4870 DK Top it's nothing to get excited about. The 4870, on the other hand, produces some amazing framerates, although without the aid of software, it would be nearly impossible to distinguish it from the rest of the 4800 series.
Increasing the resolution is accompanied by the expected decrease in average FPS across the board. Still, framerates aren't low enough among the 4800 series to demonstrate a need for anything beyond the HD 4830.
Even with the resolution set to 1920x1200, it is clear the Devil May Cry 4 can get by with the mid-range video card and still produce great visuals and acceptable framerates. By tracking the framerate via software, however, we can clearly see the increased computational power of the EAH4870 DK Top. Even if the difference is not noticeable to the naked eye, you can rest assured that the 4870 will offer framerates 38-48% higher than the 4850 in this game.