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Final Fantasy XI and Far Cry Comparisons

Performance Comparisons With Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 2 v1.01
A Classic Console Franchise On The PC

Final Fantasy XI
The Final Fantasy franchise is well known to console gamers, but Squaresoft has since made the jump to the PC with a MMORPG version of this classic. The Final Fantasy XI benchmark runs through multiple scenes from the game and displays a final score every time a full cycle of the demo is completed. Although the demo is meant the check an entire system's readiness to play the game, the number of frames rendered scales when different video cards are used. Lower scores indicate some frames were dropped to complete the demo in the allotted time. The scores below were taken with the demo set to its "High Resolution" option (1024x768), with anti-aliasing disabled.

ATI's 9600XT claimed the top spot in the Final Fantasy Benchmark, beating out the BFG 5900XT OC by 120 points.  It's odd to see this kind of change in performance, as we had seen 5900XTs, such as the e-VGA model, easily beat their rival by over 300 points using previous sets of drivers.   This may turn out to simply be an issue with the ForceWare 61.34 drivers that needs to be corrected, but for now the BFG 5900XT will have to settle for second place. 

Benchmarks and Comparisons With Far Cry
DX9 effects galore.

Far Cry
It almost goes without saying that Far Cry is easily one of the most impressive game and game engines to be released on the PC to date.  While we peer at leaked versions of Doom 3 and video clips of Half Life 2, 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 our test, 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.

The 5700 Ultra was left out in the cold here, unable to keep up with the 9600XT, and nevermind the 5900XTs.  In all of the tests, the e-VGA 5900XT kept a steady lead over the ATi 9600XT, but the extra speed that the BFG model comes with allowed pull ahead by a couple of frames per second.  Again, we're looking at anywhere between a 6-9% increase in performance in most cases, right out of the box.

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