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The AOpen Aeolus FX5600S
AOpen Enters the Mainstream with Some Punch

By - Tom Laverriere
December 3, 2003

Performances Comparisons With Novalogic's Comanche 4
Can You Say Fly-By

Comanche 4 can be called the old man on the block, as it is probably the oldest of the tests in our current suite of video card benchmarks.  Comanche 4 uses DX8 class pixel and vertex shaders to produce some of the realistic visuals used throughout the game.  Unlike the previous tests, this benchmark is heavily influenced by CPU and system memory performance, especially at lower resolutions.  However, when the resolution is raised and AA and Anisotropic filtering are enabled, the current crop of video cards tend to slow down quite a bit

As we saw before in our AquaMark 3 benchmarks the AOpen Aeolus bounces back nicely when 4X AA with AF are enabled on this card.  Compared to the 6X AA setting, we are seeing a jump in frame rates from 16.5 to almost 26 at the 1024x768 setting!  That's a 38% improvement over the 6XAA setting.  As we noted earlier in our screenshots, the best quality to performance ratio with the FX 5600 card came at 4X AA and 2X AF.  The performance increase can also be seen at the higher resolution of 1600x1200.

Benchmarks / Comparison With Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Multiplayer Expansion of Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory can also be included in the "older" crowd, although its focus is on OpenGL testing (and yes, that means Quake 3 Arena is officially gone).  Wolfenstein: ET is a free standalone multiplayer game that is based on the original Return to Castle Wolfenstein. It uses a modified Quake3 engine yet exhibits plenty of CPU scaling and platform variation, which also makes it a good benchmarking tool.  We used the built-in timedemo benchmark, with a customer timedemo, which plays back a recorded multiplayer session.

First of all, in these tests we see the FX 5600 keep pace with the 9600 line of cards.  Secondly, we are seeing some very playable frame rates on a recent gaming title at a resolution of 1024x768.  This proves that not everyone needs the biggest and baddest card out there to enjoy a quality gaming experience.  The AOpen FX 5600 is proving to be a viable contender in the mainstream segment.  Next up we have X2 The Threat, our overclocking experience and our final analysis. 

X2 The Threat & Our Final Analysis

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