Palit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic 512MB - Test System and Benchmarking

Article Index
Palit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic 512MB
Features and Specifications
Closer Look and HIS Comparison
Test System and Benchmarking
More Benchmarks and Final Thoughts

Test System & Info:

To try and keep things as CPU happy as possible we have upgraded our ATI/AMD test setup with a Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition Processor.  This processor runs at 2.6GHz with 4MB of L2+L3 Cache and supports some pretty decent overclocking capabilities (for an X4 Phenom anyhow).  Our recent motherboard review - the ASRock A770 Crossfire - featured the HIS 4850 processor used in this comparison against the Palit HD 4850 Sonic, but the performance numbers are not comparable as we used a 5000+ BE processor in that review.

To keep things fresh, we'll keep all of our comparison numbers between the two cards - and throw in some CrossfireX on one benchmark just for fun.

 

Let The Benchmarks Begin:

We are going to run through the benchmarks alphabetically and won't do a lot of explaining along the way.  Graphs should be pretty self-explanatory.

Chart - 3DMark

3DMark Vantage was the only benchmark that CrossfireX numbers are shown.  The point of this review is to compare the Palit Sonic to the HIS/reference design and when using CrossfireX, the cards automatically scale to the performance of the slowest card.  As you can see, the Palit card wins when compared to the HIS card in all tests - except the CrossfireX test of course.  We ran at Entry, Performance and High settings.

 

Chart - CoD4

Call of Duty also shows the Palit card in the lead.

 

 Chart - CoH

For some reason, Company of Heroes favored the slower clocked HIS card.  The results in question were tested and retested and have been confirmed.

 

Chart - Crysis

 

At the start of the benchmarking process, Crysis Warhead was not available so we used the ATI-hating Crysis v1.21 for comparison testing.  All detail was set to medium with no AA or AF.  Palit wins here by 2-4FPS.

On the next page we'll continue benchmarking and wrap up with some final thoughts.