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 graphical effects. We ran these NFS: Carbon benchmarks by utilizing FRAPS and tracking framerates on the same track, using the same car with every graphics 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 1,280 x 1,024 and 1,600 x 1,200 with 4X AA and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled simultaneously.|
We saw more of the same with Need For Speed: Carbon. Asus' card performed on-par with the reference model, but it wasn't quite as fast as XFX's XXX Edition. All of the 8800 series cards, however, held onto significant performance advantages over the previous generation Radeon and GeForce 7 cards.