Considering the long wait between driver releases, it's safe to say that as a new year present for us, this one is quite disappointing. While performance in Far Cry 2 is slightly up on all cards, for the most part we don't see anything special.
With no new card to combat the latest NVIDIA offerings we really thought that ATI would make the effort to increase performance on their popular HD 4800 series. When you also consider how much time has gone by since the last release, it made us think this would be even more likely to happen.
It will be interesting to see when the next set of drivers come out; are ATI going to carry through later in the month releases this year or are they going to try and get something out a bit quicker in February and move back to an early / mid-month release?
While price drops on the HD 4800 series cards are no doubt a good thing, if people are looking for top performance they're going to be looking at the NVIDIA offerings. Hopefully the 9.2s give us something to get a bit more excited about.