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Unreal Tournament 3

If you're a long-time PC gamer, the Unreal Tournament franchise should need no introduction.  UT's fast paced action and over the top weapons have been popular for as long as Epic has been making the games.  For these tests, we used the latest addition to the franchise, Unreal Tournament 3.  The game doesn't have a built-in benchmarking tool, however, so we enlisted the help of FRAPS here.  These tests were run at resolutions of 1,920 x 1,200 and 2,560 x 1,600 with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled, but with the UT3's in game graphical options set to their maximum values, with color correction enabled.

Unreal Tournament 3 is largely CPU bound, even at a resolution 1920x1200.  With the game running at 2560x1600 though (the blue bars in the graph), things spread out a bit more.  At that resolution, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 is the fastest of all the single-card configurations and it hangs with a GTX 260 SLI rig.  In a dual-card CrossFireX configuration, a pair of 4870 X2 cards also puts up the best score bar none, but the GeForce GTX 200 series SLI setups are right there with it, finishing only a couple of frames per second behind.

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