Sapphire Radeon HD4850 Toxic
I've decided to add a new Windows benchmark to the mix, Maxon Cinebench. Cinebench is based on Maxon's Cinema 4D animation software, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. On top of this, Maxon has a 64-bit version of Cinebench, perfect for my purposes. Cinebench tests a videocard's OpenGL rendering performance.
Conclusion on Windows Benchmarks
The results from this card were mixed, as the previous benchmarks displayed. In some areas, performance had noticeable increases, but in others places there was no change or even lower performance. I had a feeling some of these results were due to the new Catalyst 8.8 driver, and my numbers for the stock HD4850 cards were done with Catalyst 8.7.
I rolled the driver back to 8.7 and tried the 3dMark06 a second time. The score shot up to 9543, a 200-point difference. Similarly, performance in Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis improved by about 3 frames per second. Obviously, there were a few changes made in the Catalyst 8.8 driver that may not have been for the best. I'll wait and see how performance changes in Linux.
Overall, performance does look better than that of the stock Radeon HD4850, but I think it could still be boosted with an improved driver.
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