ATi Radeon X700 XT - ATi's Answer To The GeForce 6600

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Far Cry, on the other hand, has been a game engine that has historically tended to lean the way of ATi Radeon-based cards.  NVIDIA has been making great strides as of late, getting performance cranked up a bit in this game engine, as well as stomping out a few bugs.

Benchmarks & Comparisons With Far Cry
DX9 Effects Galore.

Far Cry
If you've been on top of the gaming scene, you probably know that Far Cry is one of the most visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Far Cry gives us a taste of what is 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 AA or Aniso Filtering enabled and then with 4X AA enabled, and lastly with 4X AA and 16X Aniso enabled together.


** Please note in the following tests, we took scores with ATi's new Catalyst A.I. driver set to the "high" and "low" settings in the control panel.  In the graphs below "4X AA/ 8X AF (High)" is representative of Cat. A.I. settings for the X700 set to "high" in the control panel.  4X AA / 8X AF (Low) is representative of Catalyst A.I. settings at "low" for the X700 and the standard 4X AA / 8X Aniso Filtering settings in NVIDIA's driver control panel.


At medium resolution, the X700 XT holds a commanding 16%-27% lead over the GeForce 6600 GT.  Conversely, crank the resolution up a notch and things fall apart for both cards into "unplayable" territory.  Here ATi retains a 10% lead at default settings, but enable AA and AF, and the card takes a knee to the GeForce 6600 GT.  In either case, high-quality IQ settings at this resolution result in your basic slide show.  So stick with 1,024 X 768 for Far Cry gaming on these cards, which by the way, looks pretty tasty by any measure.

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