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Performance Comparisons With Novalogic's Comanche 4
Combat Helicopter Sim

Comanche 4
To give you sim fans a small taste of what these cards can do, we used Novalogic's combat helicopter simulator Comanche 4 for our next batch of DirectX tests. Comanche 4 uses DX8 class pixel and vertex shaders to produce some of the realistic visuals used throughout the game. Unlike some of the previous tests though, this benchmark is heavily influenced by CPU and system memory performance, especially at lower resolutions. However, when the resolution is raised and anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are enabled, the current crop of 3D accelerators tend to slow down quite a bit.



There's a lot of long bars in the first graph, a good thing for potential buyers, but not a lot for us to chew on.  As usual, Comanche 4 seemed to favor NVIDIA's cards, as the 6800GT, 6800, and 5950 Ultra placed a solid 1-2-3.  The Sapphire X800 Pro came in fourth in each and every test (with the 4xAA with 16xAF test the obvious exception), but trailing by only a few frames.  Raising the AA and Ansi levels at this resolution caused only the slightest drop-off for any of the cards.  At 1600x1200, at least, we began to see a better breakdown of what the cards' strengths were.  Again, we've got NVIDIA outpacing ATi for the most part, until we get to the AF tests.  At this point, the 6800 and 5950 Ultra take a tumble, with only the 6800 GT able to outrun and outgun the X800 Pro.  Much like we saw at 1024x768, the X800 Pro was mostly unfazed with AA or AF applied, losing less than three frames from the first test to the last.

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