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Chronicles of Riddick: EFBB

Benchmarks with Chronicles of Riddick - Escape From Butcher Bay
Riddick & The D3 Engine

Chronicles of Riddick
Starbreeze Studios is responsible for creating this season's surprise hit (at least on the PC), The Chronicles of Riddick - Escape From Butcher Bay.  Those familiar with movie will recall Butcher Bay was one of the prison options on tap for the main character.  While the movie never actually made it to Butcher Bay, we find the main character right at home in this surprisingly good game.  Not only does it boast excellent game play with stunning visuals and mature story line, the Chronicles of Riddick proves to be a tough challenge and a game worth buying, making it an excellent candidate for benchmarking.


Our custom Chronicles of Riddick benchmark didn't benefit greatly from the extra memory available on the 512MB Radeon X800XL, but the new Catalyst drivers increased performance slightly.  The 512MB and 256MB board performed similarly at both resolutions, whether or not anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering was used,  although the 512MB board was a bit faster overall. The same held true with the Catalyst v5.6 installed - performance was similar to the v5.5s, although it was a bit higher overall.  What is amazing to us is how this game can bring these higher-end graphics cards to their knees performance wise.  Since it's not a case of dramatically more stunning visuals and rendering work-load, although game and it's Doom 3 engine does look great, it must simply be less efficient coding that causes the performance profile on this title to look so soft on all of the 16 pipe GPUs we tested.

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