MSI NX7800 GTX x 2: Retail SLI
Chronicles of Riddick
|Starbreeze Studios is responsible for creating the surprisingly impressive Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. Riddick is a first person shooter that's powered by the company's proprietary Starbreeze Engine. This engine is currently being used for all projects at Starbreeze, and is geared towards indoor or semi-indoor game environments, with per light-source light-mapping and high quality shading with normal mapping. According to Starbreeze Studios, the engine has been under development for over 7 years, and is currently being used on the PC, PS2, Xbox and GameCube platforms. However, the Starbreeze engine is also being ported onto next-generation platforms as well. Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay has impressive visuals, a mature story line, and has proven to be a tough challenge. And because the game is actually worth buying, and comes bundled with a handful of today's graphics cards, we think it makes an excellent addition to our suite of custom real-world game benchmarks.|
MSI's NX7800GTX card tear through our custom Chronicles of Riddick benchmark like no other card we tested, except for NVIDIA's reference GeForce 7800 GTX, of course. The Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition and single GeForce 6800 Ultra perform at roughly 60%-80% of the NX7800GTX's level. A pair of 6800 Ultras running in SLI mode are faster than a single 7800 GTX, but yet again nothing comes close to the performance of a pair of GeForce 7800 GTXs.