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ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 4890 Rev. B Videocard Review

ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 4890 Rev. B Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A videocard ships with its ATI 'R790' GPU running at 850MHz, and its 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked to a respectable 975MHz, or effectively 3.9GHz (quad-pumped means 4x975= 3.9GHz).
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Sep 19 2009   Julian Apong  
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AA/AF tests: Crysis and Conclusions

Crysis 1.2

Source: Electronic Arts

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Crysis uses Microsoft's new API, DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the new engine—the CryEngine 2—that is the successor to Far Cry's CryEngine. CryEngine 2 is among the first engines to use the DirectX 10 framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX 9, both on Vista and Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis 1.2 HQ - 4xAA/8xAA Tests
1600x1200 4xAA Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 36.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 21.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 27.95
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 25.2
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A (rev.A) 41.11
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 39.75
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 24.7
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 22.01
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 23.2
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 42.23
Asus EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A 25.01
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 23.21
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 3.63
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 34.25
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 36.2
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 34.1
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 25.09
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 35.28
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 14.6
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 17.12
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 3.99
1600x1200 8xAA Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 37.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 28.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 34.52
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 28.8
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A (rev.A) 44.55
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 42.89
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 26.9
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 24.22
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 28.19
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 46.73
Asus EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A 28.31
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 27.97
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 4.2
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 32.94
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 34.74
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 32.96
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 21.25
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 26.59
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 13.73
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 16.5
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 3.84
1900x1200 4xAA Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 33.8
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 20.3
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 24.69
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 14.5
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A (rev.A) 35
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 35.43
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 18
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 18.41
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 20.24
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 28.76
Asus EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A 20.43
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 20.58
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 3.04
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 28.71
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 30.42
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 28.71
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 19.78
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 26.21
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 12.95
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 14.2
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 3.58
1900x1200 8xAA Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 34.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 24
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 30.88
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 24.3
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A (rev.A) 37.96
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 38.19
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 23.4
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 21.02
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 24.52
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 41.25
Asus EAH4770 FML/DI/512MD5/A 20.81
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 23.81
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 3.7
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 27.81
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 29.32
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 27.79
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 18.56
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 21.33
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 11.93
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 13.58
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 3.44

While Far Cry 2 prefers Geforce videocards when anti-aliasing is turned up to full, Crysis coupled with heavy AA tends to be better with AMD videocards. Smooth performance in Crysis is still something a lot of videocards struggle with, but the Radeon HD 4890 is up to the task.

Is the ASUS EAH4890 TOP Radeon HD 4890 based videocard worthy of the new revision?

ASUS Overclocker's Delight?

While Asus has definitely gone back to the drawing board when it designed the ATI Radeon HD 4890-based EAH4890 TOP videocard, the differences between their previous reference design and the new EAH4890 TOP may be a little more subtle than most enthusiasts are used to.

Like the reference Radeon HD 4890, the Asus EAH4890 TOP has a core clock speed and shader clock of 850MHz and a 1GB of on-board memory running at 3.9GHz. This makes it the fastest-clocked member of the Radeon HD 48xx family, with overall performance that sits just below the mighty Radeon HD 4870 X2.

Rather than simply turning up the core and memory clocks and calling it a day, Asus has re-designed the PCB layout and added a Super ML capacitor. This has resulted in slightly higher wattage use, but has also made this videocard much easier to overclock with minimal voltage increases.

In PCSTATS' overclocking test, the Asus EAH4890 TOP videocard was able to max out the Catalyst Control center's overclocking options effortlessly, with only the smallest of voltage bumps required to take the core clock speed from 850MHz all the way up 1000MHz. The memory was overclocked from 975MHz up to 1200MHz (effectively 4.8GHz once quad-pumped), so the overclocking results are nothing short of extreme!

Asus' other major change away from the reference Radeon HD 4890 design is in its new and improved heatsink and fan. Under testing PCSTATS found that the new fan kept the GPU noticeably cooler than the original design, as well as significantly reducing noise levels. For those people who are looking for a high-performance videocard but also want a PC that stays quiet, the Asus EAH4890 TOP should definitely be a videocard to keep under consideration.

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Given its price of $260 CDN ($225 USD, £140 GBP), I'm sure a lot of overclockers will agree that the Asus EAH4890 TOP's improved components will justify spending a bit of extra money on it. Having more voltage tweaking options, more overclocking headroom and a quieter/more efficient fan are all worth the money if you're the kind of person who pushes hardware to the limit.

While those who are intimidated by overclocking or changing hardware settings may be better served by getting a reference or factory-overclocked videocard, the true overclocking enthusiast will find that joining AMD's Radeon HD 4890 GPU with excellent cooling and overclocking options makes the ASUS EAH4890 TOP a very promising videocard indeed.

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Contents of Article: ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A
 Pg 1.  ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 4890 Rev. B Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  ATI Radeon HD 4890 Core Technologies
 Pg 3.  Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the HD4890 GPU to 1GHz!
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Stalker, Crysis
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  AA/AF tests: Far Cry 2
 Pg 12.  — AA/AF tests: Crysis and Conclusions

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