Asus 4870 X2 TOP

12. Assassins Creed14. High Definition Playback


Maximum Playable Settings

Earlier in the review we compared a number of cards against each other when using the same settings. This gives a great overview of which card is fastest in each game however it does not tell us how far apart the products are in terms of the maximum settings we can use while maintaining smooth framerates.

OBLIVION
Max Res
Detail level
Avg
Min
Max
4870 X2
2560×1600
16aa 16af
34
25
43
280 OCX
2560×1600
8aa 16af
68
56
94
Asus 4870 X2 TOP
2560×1600
16aa 16af
36
28
45

The power of the X2 cards are apparent as you can double the AA quality when compared with the 280GTX OCX and still run Oblivion without it dipping under 25fps. The Asus TOP allows for a few extra frames per second which is important when you reach these settings.

LOST PLANET COLONIES
Max Res
Detail level
Avg
Min
Max
4870 X2
1900×1200
4aa 16af
77
31
129
280 OCX
1900×1200
4aa 16af
66
28
105
Asus 4870 X2 TOP
1900×1200
4aa 16af
81
32
133

All cards have the same maximum playable settings with the Asus TOP performing the best. To play this game at 2560×1600 with max eye candy you need two of these high end boards. Start saving if you are lucky enough to have a 30 inch screen.

HALF LIFE 2:
EPISODE 2
Max Res
Detail level
Avg
Min
Max
4870 X2
2560×1600
8aa 16af
110
32
184
280 OCX
2560×1600
8aa 16af
70
30
105
Asus 4870 X2 TOP
2560×1600
8aa 16af
116
38
187

Half life 2: Episode 2 again shares the same maximum playable settings across the cards on test today, that said the Asus 4870 X2 TOP gives the best results and this time it is noticeable as the minimum frame rates are closer to 40fps rather than 30fps.

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