Need for Speed: Carbon
|Dating back to the days of floppy disks, EGA, and the Lamborghini Countach, the Need For Speed franchise is undoubtedly one of the most popular in gaming history. The most recent addition to the franchise is Need For Speed: Carbon, a racing-sim loaded with muscle cars and exotics in addition to a number of lighting and special graphics effects. We ran these NFS: Carbon benchmarks by utilizing FRAPS and tracking framerates on the same track, using the same car with every card. The game was configured with all of its graphics-related options set to their maximum values, with motion blur enabled. We tested the game at resolutions of 1280 x 1024 and 1600 x 1200 with 4X AA and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled simultaneously.|
Need for Speed: Carbon proved to be a bit much for the cards tested here. The tandem of Asus cards took a beating, with the highest score of just under 16fps coming from the EN7600GT at 1280x1024, and rapidly declining all of the way down to a mere 5 frames per second by the EAX1600PRO at 1600x1200 with AA and Aniso applied. It's a fair assessment to state that these cards are not what heavy-gamers are looking for.