ATI Radeon X800XL 512MB & Catalyst 5.6 Driver Update

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Unreal Tournament 2004

Head-to-Head Performance With Unreal Tournament 2004
Epic's Next Smash Hit!

Unreal Tournament 2K4
Epic's "Unreal" games have been wildly popular ever since the original Unreal was released in the late '90s. Unreal, Unreal Tournament, and then Unreal Tournament 2003 rapidly became some of our favorites for both benchmarking and for killing a few hours when our schedules permitted it. Epic recently released the latest addition to the franchise, Unreal Tournament 2004. We used a patched (v3355) full version of the game to benchmark these cards at resolutions of 1,024 x 768 and 1,600 x 1,200, without any anti-aliasing and with 4X AA and 8X aniso both enabled together.  In addition, we used a custom recorded demo of a multiplayer match for our benchmark runs.


Our custom Unreal Tournament 2004 test also didn't benefit much from the extra memory on the 512MB Radeon X800 XL or the Catalyst v5.6 drivers. At both resolutions, with and without anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering, the 512MB Radeon X800XL when using either the Catalyst v5.5 or v5.6 drivers performed at nearly the same level as the 256MB Radeon X800XL.

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