Gaming beyond Full HD with $300 cards

Posted on Sunday, Aug 24 2008 @ 23:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
X-bit Labs published a test of the Radeon HD 4870 and GeForce GTX 260 to see how well you can game at 2560 x 1600 with $300 graphics cards.
This is all most important for AMD/ATI and Nvidia, but what about the end-user who wants to buy a high-quality product that would meet his ever-growing requirements? A few years ago 30-inch monitors with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels were not only expensive but also required a very specific graphics subsystem consisting of two or even four GPUs to deliver high speed in video games. Today, 30-inch monitors are far more affordable and popular but installing a multi-GPU graphics subsystem in order to play at 2560x1600 still seems unhandy for many users.

Today, we will see if $300 graphics cards can deliver a playable frame rate in popular games at a resolution of 2560x1600 and with 4x FSAA (where possible). We’ll also describe the Radeon HD 4870 as it comes from the new Force3D brand.
Check it out over here.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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