is the only synthetic benchmark we are using today. From their website: It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware. Half-Life 2
is Valve’s sequel to one of the great FPS classics. With impressive graphics and great physics, the game’s become an instant hit and the Source engine really shines in delivering a quality gaming experience.Doom 3
is iD Software’s re-invention of the classic game that started the deathmatch craze. The engine really taxes a system and the graphics are phenomenal for a computer game. For the tests, we ran the game with Max settings here.Far Cry
is an impressive first person shooter from Ubi Soft with great outdoor levels and some awesome effects. The vehicles and the ability to explore the entire island makes this one of the best games of the past year. Settings were maxed out and we used the default demo.Halo
is the Microsoft/Bungie/Gearbox first person shooter originally appearing on the Xbox. Featuring great graphics, vehicles, and good gameplay Halo
is ran with max settings as well with Pixel Shader 2.0.
Epic’s great shooter, Unreal Tournament 2004
is our next test. While the engine didn’t change too much from the previous version, it’s still a very nice looking game. Three bot matches were ran with the scores averaged for each resolution. Details were maxed out.
When playing through the game at low to medium detail, the card held up well in all aspects. You’ll get good performance at that level for you light gamers. Since we did the benchmarks on high details, you can see that this card is definitely not used for all the graphics quality hardcore gamers are expecting.
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