Doom 3 - Single Player
|id Software's games have long been pushing the limits of 3D graphics. Quake, Quake 2 and Quake 3 were all instrumental to the success of 3D accelerators on the PC. Now, years later with virtually every new desktop computer shipping with a 3D accelerator, id is at it again with the release of the visually stunning Doom 3. Doom 3 is an OpenGL game using extremely high-detailed textures and a ton of dynamic lighting and shadows. We ran benchmarks with Doom 3 set to its "High-Quality" mode, using a custom demo, at resolutions of 1024x768 and 1600x1200 without AA or Aniso Filtering enabled and then with 4X AA and 8X Aniso enabled.|
Our custom single-player Doom 3 timedemo has been severely taxing video cards since we introduced it a few reviews back. In this test, the Mobility Radeon 9800 finished well behind the Radeon 9800 Pro at both resolutions both with an without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. The closest the Mobility Radeon came to catching the Radeon 9800 Pro was in the default 1600x1200 test, where it lagged behind by about 19%. In all of the other configurations, however, the deltas ranged from about 25% - 39%. We expect the Mobility Radeon 9800's performance will improve considerably in this test as Dell releases updated drivers based on more current Catalysts.