Sapphire Radeon X850 XT PE: AGP 8X
Chronicles of Riddick: EFBB
|Starbreeze Studios is responsible for creating this season's surprise hit (at least on the PC), The Chronicles of Riddick - Escape From Butcher Bay. Those familiar with movie will recall Butcher Bay was one of the prison options on tap for the main character. While the movie never actually made it to Butcher Bay, we find the main character right at home in this surprisingly good game. Not only does it boast excellent game play with very good visuals and a mature story line, the Chronicles of Riddick proves to be a tough challenge, and a game worth buying. It also happens to bring most of today's video cards to their knees through the use of a modified version of the Doom 3 engine, making it an excellent candidate for benchmarking.|
Our custom Chronicles of Riddick benchmark proved to be a major challenge for all of the cards we tested, but the Radeons especially took a beating here. At 1024x768, the GeForce 6800 Ultra outpaced the Sapphire Radeon X850XT Platinum Edition by about 10 frames per second without any additional pixel processing enabled, and by about 7 frames per second when 4XAA and aniso were used. With the resolution increased to 1600x1200, matters only got worse with the 6800 Ultra outpacing the X850s by 13+ FPS and roughly 6 FPS in the default and 4X anti-aliasing / 8X anisotropic filtering tests, respectively.