ATI Radeon X1800 XT CrossFire Evaluation

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FarCry v1.33

Performance Comparisons with FarCry v1.33

If you've been on top of the gaming scene for some time, you probably know that FarCry was one of the most visually impressive games to be released on the PC this past year. Courtesy of its proprietary engine, dubbed "CryEngine" by its developers, FarCry's game-play is enhanced by Polybump mapping, advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, dynamic lighting, motion-captured animation, and surround sound. Before titles such as Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 hit the scene, FarCry gave us a taste of what was to come in next-generation 3D Gaming on the PC. We benchmarked the graphics cards in this review with a custom-recorded demo run taken in the "Catacombs" area checkpoint, at various resolutions without anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled, and then with 4X AA and 16X aniso enabled concurrently.



FarCry proved to be one of CrossFire's strong points. The Radeon X1800 XT CrossFire configuration ran right alongside the dual-512MB GeForce 7800 GTX SLI configuration in every test, and surpassed NVIDIA's best in a couple of tests as well. The same basically rang true for the Radeon X1800 XL CrossFire rig, which performed on par with a pair of 256MB GeForce 7800 GTX cards running in SLI mode. Although FarCry still looks good with its huge outdoor environments and lush graphics, it's no longer one of the more demanding benchmarks in our test suite.

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