Final Fantasy XI
|The Final Fantasy franchise is well known to console gamers, but Squaresoft has since made the jump to the PC with a MMORPG version of this classic. The Final Fantasy XI benchmark runs through multiple scenes from the game and displays a final score every time a full cycle of the demo is completed. Although the demo is meant to check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered scales when different video cards are used. Lower scores indicate some frames were dropped to complete the demo in the allotted time. The scores below were taken with the demo set to both its "High Resolution" (1024x768) and "Lowest Resolution" (640x480) option with anti-aliasing disabled.|
To start things off we off we ran SquareSofts's Final Fantasy XI's synthetic benchmark. Unlike our other tests, this benchmark bases its results on the total amount of processed frames, instead on the average frame rate. The more frames the card can produce, the higher the resulting number. In both sets of test, high and low resolution, all cards produced fairly similar results. Initially in the low setting, Diamond's S100 (9600SE) took the lead by rendering 61 more frames then the 9250. However, when the resolution was increased, the 9250 took the chief position by 139 frames. In a general context, if we take the average of each card for the two tests, we find that the 9250 faired better on average in this particular scenario by about 1.3%.