|ASUS Radeon HD 4830 Video Card EAH4830|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Mathew Williams - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 26 November 2008|
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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.
The four scenes included in the benchmark produced a consistent pattern of framerates. The third scene appears to be the least demanding, while the second and fourth scenes resulted in the lowest frame rates. The EAH4830 performed very well, approaching 94% of the performance of the full-fledged HD 4850. Even the HD 4670 performed well at this resolution, although the 4830 and 4850 offer almost 40% higher framrates.
Increasing the resolution yields similar results. In scene 3, the 4830 and 4850 are nearly matched, however, scene 2 shows the 4850 coming in with a 14% performance lead over the 4830. With framerates this high, however, most people would not be able to tell the difference.
Even at our final test resolution of 1920x1200, the EAH4830 would be indistinguishable from a HD 4850 to the naked eye. The HD 4670, however, is a different story. You'd have to reduce the quality settings or move up to a 4830 to get decent framerates at this resolution.