HIS 4670 IceQ

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Unreal Tournament 3

Crysis

Unreal Tournament 3 is a first person shooter developed by Epic Games and is the follow up to best selling FPS Unreal Tournament 2004. UT3 is based on the Unreal Engine 3. There is an incredible amount of information about what UE3 supports, but in a nutshell:

  • Multi-threaded rendering
  • All modern per-pixel lighting techniques
  • Advanced dynamic shadows
  • Volumetric environmental effects including height fog
  • Split-screen rendering
  • Physics driven objects and sounds powered by Ageia’s PhysX technology
  • Extensible particle system with visual editor

For more detailed information on what UE3 is capable of, check out Epic’s Unreal Engine Technology site, here.

Thanks go to the guys at Olrac.org for putting this benchmark together.

Settings

For all Vista tests, DX10 mode was used, and for XP DX9 was used.

High: 1600 x 1200, Level detail 5, model detail 5.
Medium: 1280 x 1024, level detail 5, model detail 5.
Low: 1280 x 1024, level detail 1, model detail 1.

Map: CTF-Omicron-Dawn-bots
No. of Bots: 12

Something that must be noted before reading the results is that Unreal Tournament 3’s benchmark is based around bots running around a level. This means that the benchmark runs differently each time although the environment is the same. This has an affect on benchmarking which is why we repeat the tests 3 times and take the average of the scores.

XFX 9800GT 512MB

XFX 9800GT 512MB

Unreal Tournament is perhaps the kindest of our benchmarks, and that is reflected in the scores, as the 4670 manages to keep up with the other cards reasonably well. That said, it does drop away a bit at the highest settings, but so does the 9800 GTX + Black.

Noise

One of the benefits of a IceQ cooler is that it’s beautifully quiet. Even when being stressed to the max with our Far Cry 2 bench at “Ultra High” settings, I could barely hear it.

Cost

The HIS 4670 has quite a varied price range, with some etailers selling it for around £65, while others have it listed at £90. The average price seems to be around £70 however, so if you do purchase this, make sure to shop around to find the best deal as the prices really do vary.

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