With Novalogic's Comanche 4
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
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Multiplayer Expansion of Return to Castle
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).
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.
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