With Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 2 v1.01
Chocobos on the PC
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 with different
video cards installed. 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 "High
Resolution" (1024x768), with anti-aliasing disabled.
Things began to turn around a
bit for the DeltaChromes in the Final Fantasy XI benchmark.
Yet again, they were the slowest of the 5 cards to be
benchmarked, but in this test the performance deltas were
much smaller than what we have seen up to this point.
For all intents and purposes, the DeltaChrome S8 Nitro and
Radeon 9600 XT performed at the same level in this test with
only 24 points (.005%) separating them. With its
slightly lower clock speeds, the S8 came in 223 points
behind the Nitro model at 4119, which is still a respectable
score in this test.
Benchmarks / Comparison
Transformers? Thexder? or is it Gun Metal?
continued our testing with the pseudo-DX9 based Gun
Metal benchmark developed by Yeti Studios. This
benchmark, like all of the others used in this review,
is based on an actual game engine. Gun Metal uses Vertex
Shader 2.0 and Pixel Shader 1.1 ops in the creation of
the game world. This test is heavily GPU limited, and
because Yeti's intent was to stress all modern 3D
accelerators, anti-aliasing (2X) and Anisotropic
filtering are enabled by default, and can't be
disabled. We ran this test at 1024x768 and then again at
Looking at the graphs above, two
things become clear. One, the DeltaChromes were
significantly outpaced by the competition, and two, the new
Forceware 56.56 drivers give the GeForce cards a nice
performance boost in this test. The 5700 Ultra smoked
the Radeon 9600 XT, which in turn crushed the DeltaChromes.
At 1024x768, the DeltaChrome S8 Nitro performed about 27.7%
lower than the next fastest card, the Radeon 9600 XT. The same
held true at 1600x1200 where the S8 Nitro was about 24%
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