ATI CrossFire Technology Showcase
Chronicles of Riddick
|Starbreeze Studios is responsible for creating the surprisingly good game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Those familiar with the movie will recall Butcher Bay was one of the prison options on tap for the main character. While the movie never actually made it to Butcher Bay, we find the main character right at home in this first person shooter that's powered by the proprietary Starbreeze Engine. Not only does The Chronicles of Riddick - Escape From Butcher Bay boast excellent game play with impressive visuals and a mature story line, but the Chronicles of Riddick also proves to be a tough challenge and a game actually worth buying, which makes it an excellent addition to our suite of custom benchmarks.|
As a whole, ATI's current generation of cards don't perform terribly well in our custom Chronicles of Riddick benchmark when compared to NVIDIA's product offerings. Although, having the power of two Radeon X850 XTs running in CrossFire mode helps the cause significantly. With Riddick's resolution set to 1280x1024, enabling CrossFire resulted in performance increases of 44% and 76%, depending on the test configuration. And the scaling was even more pronounced with the game's resolution cranked up to 1600x1200. At the higher resolution, performance went up by about 50% when anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering were disabled, and with the additional pixel processing enabled we saw a framerate increase of approximately 83% with CrossFire.