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Benchmarks & Comparisons With Far Cry

Benchmarks & Comparisons With Far Cry
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Far Cry
If you've been on top of the gaming scene, you probably know that Far Cry is one of the most visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Although Doom 3 and Half Life 2 have both arrived, Far Cry still looks great in comparison, especially with the new v1.3 patch installed and some special effects turned on.  We benchmarked the graphics cards in this review with a custom-recorded demo run taken in the "Catacombs" area checkpoint at various resolutions without AA or Aniso Filtering enabled and then with 2X AA enabled along with 8X anisotropic filtering.  Geometry instancing and normal map compression were enabled for these tests, but HDR rendering was disabled.  The default pixel shader code path was used.

When we look at performance with FarCry, we have to give the edge to the X300 SE card.  At 800x600, each card was close with the HyperMemory enabled card holding a 2 FPS lead throughout.  When we increased the resolution to 1024x768, the No AA tests were a virtual dead-heat whereas the 2XAA/8X Aniso tests returned to the 2 FPS lead we saw at 800x600.  Frankly it was impressive to see both of these cards were actually able to handle Far Cry so well, posting very playable frame rates even at 1024X768, as long as AA was disabled.

Tags:  Radeon, memory, X3, MeMo, HYPER

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