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Doom 3
id Software's games have long been pushing the limits of 3D graphics. Quake, Quake 2, and Quake 3 were all instrumental in the success of 3D accelerators on the PC. Now, many years later, with virtually every new desktop computer shipping with some sort of 3D accelerator, id is at it again with the visually stunning Doom 3. Like most of id's previous titles, Doom 3 is an OpenGL game that uses extremely high-detailed textures and a ton of dynamic lighting and shadows. We ran this batch of Doom 3 single player benchmarks using the standard "Demo1" demo, with the game set to its "High-Quality" mode, at resolutions of 1024 x 768 and 1280x1024 without anti-aliasing enabled and then again with 4X AA and 8X aniso enabled simultaneously.


Doom3, as well as being a hit game, has been somewhat of a subliminal advertisement for Nvidia's line of cards. The XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 runs this game extremely well for a card in its price range. Both our ATI Radeon X700 Pro, and ATI Radeon 1300 Pro fall behind XFX's offering. When benchmarking the X1300 Pro, we used the recently released Catalyst 5.10a beta drivers, which have brought optimizations to the memory controller of ATI's Radeon X1000 series cards. The optimizations have given a boost in performance to all OpenGL games. Even with these optimizations though, the XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 holds the lead between the two cards. With the XFX card being the least expensive of the bunch, this is some great news for those of you budget gamers who are looking for a decent Doom 3 experience.

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