ATI Radeon X800XL 512MB & Catalyst 5.6 Driver Update

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FarCry v1.31


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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 and 8X aniso enabled together.


We had some interesting results with FarCry.  When testing the Radeon X800 XL 512MB with our custom demo, the card performed similarly the 256MB variant at both test settings and resolutions with the Catalyst v5.5 drivers.  With the Catalyst v5.6 drivers installed however, we saw a measurable increase in performance at 1024x768 (5% - 11%), but with the resolution cranked up to 1600x1200 those performance gains vanished.

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