Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.8GHz (190MHz x 20)
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 3 X 2GB OCZ Technology PC-12800 DDR-3 8-8-8-24 (OCZ3G1600LV6GK)
Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2 and Windows Vista SP1 64-bit
Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 190.38 and ATI Catalyst 9.8
Today we'll be having a look at how the ASUS Formula version of the Radeon HD 4890 compares to the 2GB HD 4890 we looked at from Sapphire recently, which carries a 870MHz core and a 4200MHz QDR clock on the 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
We've also thrown in a GeForce GTX 275 and GeForce GTX 285 for good measure. Our main focus though today will be seeing how the ASUS HD 4890 competes against the Sapphire version.
With that all said then let's get stuck into our benchmarks to find out just what kind of numbers the ASUD HD 4890 Formula is putting out.
3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.
3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.
In our first test we can see that the Formula from ASUS offers us a nice little boost over the Sapphire HD 4890.