Age of Mythology

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We will now test our five video cards in a real-time strategy game – Age of Mythology will serve as our benchmark. I have created a scenario where two large armies (30 units each) clash in the middle of a village. Though a large battle of this scale is rare in Age of Mythology (save for the single player campaign), it serves to show us how bad a card can get with a lot of units moving and fighting on the screen.

Age of Mythology benchmark.

Demo Setup

Color Depth 32 bits
Effects (i.e. foot prints) All enabled
Anisotropic Filtering and Anti-aliasing Disabled


ATi & Nvidia Video Card Roundup #2 - Graphics Cards 42
*Radeon 9700 is a soft-modded Radeon 9500 running at Radeon 9700 specs.


The performance difference of all the cards compared to the FX5900 Ultra is marginal and all of the cards play this game well. A $130 USD card plays as well as a $400 USD card. So best to save your money if you only play RTS games; it’d be overkill to pay for a top-end card. Also interesting is that the cheapest card, the FX5200, was able to play at 1600×1200 without a hitch. So if you’re into RTS games and not looking to spend a whole lot if money, it’s good to know that even the cheapest card is enough.

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