GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS SLI Performance Update

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FarCry v1.4


Performance Comparisons with FarCry v1.4

If you've been on top of the gaming scene for some time, you probably know that FarCry was one of the most visually impressive games to be released on the PC in the last few years.  Courtesy of its proprietary engine, dubbed "CryEngine" by its developers, FarCry's game-play is enhanced by Polybump mapping, advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, dynamic lighting, motion-captured animation, and surround sound. Before titles such as Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 hit the scene, FarCry gave us a taste of what was to come in next-generation 3D gaming on the PC. We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry using a custom-recorded demo run taken in the "Catacombs" area checkpoint. The tests were run at various resolutions with 4X AA and 16X aniso enabled concurrently.


FarCry is another game that is basically CPU-bound at lower resolutions, which is why the 8800 GTX / GTS SLI and Radeon X1950 XTX CrossFire configurations put up similar scores at 1280x1024. As the resolution is increased though, and the GPUs become the limiting factor in performance, the GeForce 8800 series cards walk away with another clear victory. The performance of both the GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS cards scaled significantly moving from a single-GPU to a dual-GPU SLI setup.

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