ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT - R600 Has Arrived
|After many years of development, Take-Two Interactive recently released the highly anticipated game Prey. Prey is based upon an updated and modified version of the Doom 3 engine, and as such performance characteristics between it and Doom 3 are quite similar. Also like Doom 3, Prey is an OpenGL-based game that uses extremely high-detailed textures and a plethora of dynamic lighting and shadows. But unlike Doom, Prey features a fare share of outdoor environments as well. We ran these Prey benchmarks using a custom recorded timedemo with the game set to its "High-Quality" graphics mode, at resolutions of 1,280 x 1,024 through 2,560 x 1,600 with 4X AA and 16X anisotropic filtering enabled simultaneously.|
At the lower resolutions, in both single and dual-card configurations, the new Radeon HD 2900 XT and the factory-overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS cards performed at very similar levels in our custom Prey benchmark. The HD 2900 XT is measurably faster than the standard GTS, but either platform is able to product perfectly playable framerates in this game at these resolutions.
Crank things up to XHD levels, and the landscape changes a bit. As the resolution increases so too does the Radeon HD 2900 XT's lead in this game. At the highest resolution, the Radeon HD 2900 XT's performance in Prey falls somewhere in between a pre-overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS and the faster 8800 GTX.