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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.

As we've seen in past reviews, there is usually little that separates these mid-range cards, with the difference from top to bottom coming out to 439 points, approximately a 12% delta.  Unlike earlier benchmarks, ATi's 9600XT rose to the upper end of the spectrum here, followed by the 5900XT cards, placed right next to each other, and the 5700 Ultra at the bottom. The difference between the two 5900XT's equates to less then a percent, finishing within 7 points of each other. 

Benchmarks and Comparisons With Far Cry
DX9 effects galore

Far Cry
It almost goes without saying that Far Cry is easily the most impressive game and game engine to be released on the PC this year.  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 lastly with 4X AA and 8X Aniso.

In Far Cry, we again saw Nvidia's GeForce FX 5900XTs easily trouncing the competition. Although the ATi 9600XT put up a good showing, the 5900XT was anywhere from 3-5 frames quicker in the standard tests, resulting in an 12-17% difference in performance. Once again, the battle between e-VGA's model and the Prolink 5900XT Golden Limited is a stalemate, with nearly identical benchmark scores.

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