ATI Radeon X1950 Pro with Native CrossFire

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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 in the last few years.  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 article with a fully patched version of FarCry using a custom-recorded demo run taken in the "Catacombs" area checkpoint. The tests were run at various resolutions with 4X AA and 16X aniso enabled concurrently.

Our custom FarCry benchmark proved to be somewhat of a strong point for the Radeon X1950 Pro. When running in a single card configuration, the X1950 Pro outpaced the 7900 GS and GT, and just barely missed the mark set by the 7950 GT, especially at the higher resolution.

However, while running in a dual card CrossFire configuration, the new Radeon X1950 Pros scaled very well and were able to surpass the GeForce 7900 GTX and 7950 GT SLI rigs.  We should note that had we run these tests with 8X anisotropic filtering instead, the NVIDIA card's would likely have fared a bit better.  With 16X aniso enabled in FarCry, NVIDIA's cards take a slightly larger hit in performance than ATI's.

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