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by Rob Williams on August 27, 2009 in AMD-Based GPU

Have just $100 to splurge on a new graphics card? Is having low power consumption and low temperatures important to you? If so, the HD 4770 certainly deserves your attention. This budget card handled each one of our games at 1920×1080 just fine, overclocks like a dream and has power and temp numbers worth drooling over.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood

When the original Call of Juarez was released, it brought forth something unique… a western-styled first-person shooter. That’s simply not something we see too often, so for fans of the genre, its release was a real treat. Although it didn’t really offer the best gameplay we’ve seen from a recent FPS title, its storyline and unique style made it well-worth testing.

After we retired the original title from our suite, we anxiously awaited for the sequel, Bound in Blood, in hopes that the series could be re-introduced into our testing once again. Thankfully, it could, thanks in part to its fantastic graphics, which are based around the Chrome Engine 4, and improved gameplay of the original. It was also well-received by game reviewers, which is always a good sign.

Manual Run-through: The level chosen here is Chapter I, and our starting point is about 15 minutes into the mission, where we stand atop a hill that overlooks a large river. We make our way across the hill and ultimately through a large trench, and we stop our benchmarking run shortly after we blow up a gas-filled barrel.

CoJ: Bound in Blood has fantastic graphics, but that doesn’t mean you need a monster machine to play it reliably. The opposite can be said, since we saw incredible performance from our HD 4770 at 1920×1080… almost 60 FPS! That’s with max detail. Better than that, though, is that the minimum FPS didn’t once dip below 40, which means ultra-smooth gameplay.

Graphics Card
Best Playable
Min FPS
Avg. FPS
NVIDIA GTX 295 1792MB (Reference)
2560×1600 – Max Detail
37
80.339
NVIDIA GTX 285 1GB (EVGA)
2560×1600 – Max Detail
45
54.428
NVIDIA GTX 275 896MB (Reference)
2560×1600 – Max Detail
41
51.393
ATI HD 4890 1GB (Sapphire)
2560×1600 – Max Detail
36
51.334
ATI HD 4870 1GB (Reference)
2560×1600 – Max Detail
31
46.259
NVIDIA GTX 260 896MB (XFX)
2560×1600 – Max Detail
35
44.023
NVIDIA GTX 250 1GB (EVGA)
2560×1600 – Max Detail
25
33.751
ATI HD 4770 512MB (Gigabyte)
2560×1600 – Normal Detail
24
35.434

Because the game happens quite well on modest hardware, I gave 2560x a try and was pretty impressed. It wasn’t stellar with the default settings we used, but backing the detail settings from max down to normal improved things greatly. Having a minimum frame rate of 24 isn’t exactly desirable, but if you have a 30″ monitor, it’s certainly not going to keep you from playing the game that way.


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