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AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5870 vs. HD 4890 GPU Comparison - Benchmarks - Left 4 Dead

Today we have a look at the new top dawg HD 5870 model and compare it directly against the HD 4890 to find out just what kind of improvements we get.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 25, 2009 3:22 am
Manufacturer: Game.AMD

Left 4 Dead

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Steam Update
Timedemo or Level Used: Custom Timedemo
Developer Homepage: http://www.valvesoftware.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.l4d.com/
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Left 4 Dead uses the latest version of Valve's Source engine, with improvements such as multi-core processor support and physics-based animation to more realistically portray hair and clothing, and to improve physics interaction with enemies when shot or shoved in different body parts. Animation was also improved to allow characters to lean realistically when moving in curved paths.

 

Rendering and artificial intelligence were scaled up to allow for greater number of enemies who can navigate the world in better ways, such as climbing, jumping or breaking obstacles. Lighting has been enhanced with new self-shadowing normal mapping and advanced shadow rendering that is important to convey information about the environment and player actions.

 

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Left 4 Dead isn't the most intensive game and the HD 4890 is already giving us pretty impressive numbers. The HD 5870 does manage to improve on them, though, with the best gains being seen at 2560 x 1600.

 

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