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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Performance

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is based on id's radically enhanced Doom 3 engine and viewed by many as Battlefield 2 meets the Strogg, and then some. In fact, we'd venture to say that id took EA's team-based warfare genre up a notch or two. ET: Quake Wars also marks the introduction of John Carmack's "Megatexture" technology that employs extremely large environment and terrain textures that cover vast areas of maps without the need to repeat and tile many small textures. The beauty of megatexture technology is that each unit only takes up a maximum of 8MB of frame buffer memory. Add to that HDR-like bloom lighting and leading edge shadowing effects and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars looks great, plays well and works high-end graphics cards vigorously. The game was tested with all of its in-game options set to their maximum values with soft particles enabled in addition to 8x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

The R4850 512M outperforms the 256MB Radeon HD 3850 as expected, but it doesn't quite keep up with any of the NVIDIA card in this test. Admittedly though, our test system or our test itself didn't create much differentiation between the top five graphics cards and the performance variance between cards is rather small for this group.

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