Starship Troopers Demo
|Yet another taxing new title to arrive this year, the Starship Troopers game is based upon the successful movie from TriStar. Using a new Swarm Engine which can take advantage of all sorts of DX9 bells and whistles, it is a good candidate for benchmarking graphics cards. As was the case with the F.E.A.R demo, the Starship Troopers demo has some pretty high minimum system requirements. Here, they require a 2GHz Pentium 4, 512MB of RAM, and a GeForce FX5900 or Radeon 9800. Without question, the cards being tested here are borderline at best for these requirements. Regardless, it should be easy to see where the limitations of these architectures are using this benchmark. All graphics settings were set to "Medium" with benchmark runs taken at resolutions of 800x600 and 1024x768.|
Going through the results, we see that each card had a tough time with this benchmark. Despite running at lower resolutions, no card was able to meet a 30fps average framerate. As was the case with the F.E.A.R demo, the image quality settings were purposely kept as high as possible to preserve the intended look and feel of the game. If you've fallen in love with this game, you'd do well to upgrade up to the next level card from either NVIDIA or ATI. Fortunately, XFX has a wide array of cards based on the entire family of GPU's from NVIDIA.