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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.  Far Cry came along and gave us a taste of what was to come in next-generation 3D gaming on the PC.  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 4X AA enabled along with 8X anisotropic filtering.  Geometry instancing and normal map compression were enabled for these tests, but HDR rending was disabled.  The default pixel shader code path was used.

All three Radeons offered comperable performance at 1024x768, but once we enabled AA and Anisotropic Filtering the X700 took a major hit.  The X800 also dropped somewhat, while the X850 Pro maintained a narrow lead.  At 1600x1200, the X700 continued to be outpaced, while the X850 Pro held a firm lead over both comparison cards.


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