Age of Mythology: The Titans, Freelancer

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Age of Mythology: The Titans, Freelancer

Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD - Graphics Cards 97 Age of Mythology: The Titans

Age of Mythology has always been a favourite in my household and we’ve spent hours working ourselves up to the point where we can play computer opponents on Hard difficulty without much of a problem. You can imagine my joy when the expansion “The Titans” came out for this epic real-time strategy game. To commemorate this event, I created a new Scenario using the map editor based on the Alfheim map (one of my favourites). I placed about opposing 80 units on 3 teams in the middle of the map and let them slug it out. Just for fun, I put a Titan and Cronos in there to make things interesting.

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

Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD - Graphics Cards 98

Min and Max Frame Rates
Asus Radeon 9800XT
FX5950 Ultra
Softmod R9500
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
1024×768

0x0

44
78
35
76
41
77

4×8

45
78
40
80
40
77
1600×1200 0x0
41
76
28
62
44
70
4×8
45
73
40
61
30
61


The Asus Radeon 9800XT has no problems running Age of Mythology: The Titans. In fact, it produces the best performance numbers I have seen since using this game in reviews back in May 2003. The minimum numbers are encouraging as they are well above 30 FPS which means that there will be very little lag while trying to control your villagers and coordinate a defence/attack.

Comparing the Softmod Radeon 9500, you can see that it isn’t far behind the FX5950 Ultra! It’d be very interesting to see the performance of a 9600XT compared to the FX5950 Ultra in this game.

As an aside… For those of you who read our FX5700 Ultra review you may remember the strange behaviour on FX cards where the frame rates dropped drastically at 1600×1200. You’ll be happy to know that the FX5950 Ultra does not seem to exhibit the same problem.

 

Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD - Graphics Cards 99 Freelancer

Each time I play this game for hardware testing, I can’t but feel that this game needs a sequel. The game feels like an introduction to something more epic, similar how Halo is merely an introduction to a larger story. My meanderings aside, Freelancer is still very popular amoung space sim and action fans alike. I’ve chosen the final mission of Freelancer again as my “benchmark” level as it contains the largest amount of targets in any of the missions.

Game Configuration
Level of Detail Maximum (HUD animations, effects, etc.)

Asus Radeon 9800XT/TVD - Graphics Cards 100

Min and Max Frame Rates
Asus Radeon 9800XT
NVIDIA FX5950 Ultra
Softmod R9500
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Max
1024×768

0x0

35
111
17
94
21
104

4×8

35
118
14
97
23
118
1600×1200 0x0
10
107
10
94
6
115
4×8
10
114
8
106
14
112

The Asus Radeon 9800XT performs extremely well in this game. There wasn’t a single setting where I didn’t feel nice fluid motion even with Nomad fighters swarming all over the screen. The slowest it got was at 1600×1200 when there was a very large explosion on the screen, but that dip in performance was very brief. Surprisingly, the softmod R9500 performs very similarly to the more expensive Radeon 9800XT at 1024×768. NVIDIA cards never seemed to perform well in this game for some reason. Here we see even the softmod Radeon 9500 meeting or beating the NVIDIA FX5950 Ultra.

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