ATi Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
|We also ran through a batch of timedemos with the OpenGL game Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Wolfenstein: ET is a free, standalone multiplayer game that is based on the excellent Return to Castle Wolfenstein that was released a few years back. It uses a heavily modified version of the Quake 3 engine, which makes it a very easy-to-use benchmarking tool. We created our own custom demo and used the built-in timedemo feature to check each card's frame-rate. The tests below were run at 1,024 x 768 and again at 1,600 x 1,200 without antialiasing and with 4X AA and 8X anisotropic filtering enabled concurrently.|
Our custom Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory benchmark was basically CPU-bound when tested at the lower resolution of 1,024 x 768. The X800 XT lost some ground when antialiasing and anisotropic filtering were enabled, but other cards barely skipped a beat. With the resolution cranked up to 1,600 x 1,200 in this test, the performance deltas begin to widen a bit, but neither the X850 XT PE nor the GeForce 6800 Ultra was the clear victor. The performance differences fall well within the margin of error in this test. The X850 XT took the lead in two of the test configurations, and the 6800 Ultra took the lead in the other two. That's a tie in our book...