I want to get a AMD Phenom II system soon and I checked some graphics card benchmarks to find a card for the new machine that would bring both performance and value. Seems the ATI Radeon HD 4830 is a good choice in the 100€ segment (http://www.hpm-computer.de/product_info.php?info=p9565_Sapphire-Radeon-HD-4830-Dual-Slot-512MB.html).
Usually when you check grahics card benchmarks you don’t see any old hardware. I spotted a very nice benchmark at pcgh.de where they tested 6 generations of graphics cards and… viola! The one that I have currently (ATI X850) is still on the list. LOL 😀 I really can confirm such frame rates in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare! It’s great! COD4 has a very performant engine that runs perfectly on older ATI cards like the X850.
Full artice (German): http://www.pcgameshardware.de/aid,674689/Test/Benchmark/Sechs_Grafikkarten-Generationen_im_Benchmark-Test/?page=1
Now that COD4 runs I started playing the SP part (that is really great fun btw) and see what I found in the missile base… the good old WOPR computer from my favorite movie Wargames !
So here it is:
Original Wargames trailer (1983):
COD4 runs freaking fast on my Athlon XP with default settings – maybe too fast – maybe they have been paid by Intel to block it becasue it runs so good on the AMD Athlon XP? I really wonder why they did that… they published seven patches after the release, so they had enough time to fix that if that was a bug. Really strange. Conspiration? How knows…
I got Call of Duty 4 from a colleague for free some time ago (he didn’t play it anymore so he gave it to me). I installed it but it crashed… OK. Now that Call of Duty 5 is nearly out (and I downloaded the Beta) I gave COD4 another chance. I installed all patches up to 1.7, but still the game crashed on startup.
Now guess what? I just had to delete a little fucking file (mssmp3.asi) and it runs perfectly on my Athlon XP 2600+ ATI X850 ! Bahhh! I’m really angry… Activision SUCKS BIGTIME !!! Yea, you block my CPU? Will never buy a Activisiong game again!
AMD ROCKS ! 😀
… will buy probably a AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition next!
Info about the AMD Athlon XP ban in COD4 – and this is NO bug: http://www.mobclan.com/forums/upload/index.php?s=900cf9941f45609b3727a9ca0bda56da&showtopic=15959&st=15&p=165198&#entry165198