|Many of today's popular benchmarks are based on First Person Shooters (FPS), so in an effort to mix things up a bit, we have some performance data recorded using Egosoft's X3: Reunion demo. The X3 game engine makes use of DirectX 9.0 class pixel shader and lighting effecting to produce the images in the game world. Egosoft recommends a 1.7GHz or higher speed CPU be used with the game, in conjunction with at least 512MB of RAM and a video card with at least a 128MB frame buffer. Gameplay is somewhat reminiscent of Origin's Privateer / Wing Commander games, which is a welcome break from the myriad shooters on the market today.|
There really isn't a lot of fluctuation in X3 performance between high-end cards. It is worth noting that the 7950 GX2's performance didn't fall going from 1600x1200 to 1600x1200 with 4x AA / 8x AF.