pcp_town01 – Ultra High End Cards

Our first demo takes place on the map “d1_town_01.”  This level has a lot of neat affects including fire and explosions, and of course, the saw blades.  With all the flammables near by, I was able to do a lot of “catching things on fire” which created brilliant light, seen below.

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The demo takes place mostly indoors, with the outdoor scenes being fairly small areas.  I used the flashlight quite a bit as this area is darker than most. At the end of the demo, there is a big bon-fire of aliens that is pretty hard on the machines, and that is the portion of the results below at the end of the line graphs. 

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At 1024×768 we can see that all four UHE (Ultra High End) cards perform very well at both AA/AF settings.  The Min FPS on all the cards is basically the same as is the Max FPS.  The average FPS on the NVIDIA cards is about 8% behind (comparing the XT to the Ultra) at 4xAA/8xAF but as you can see from the line graph the differences aren’t major.

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At 1280×960, the 0x/0x results show performance right on par between the ATI and NVIDIA cards, but at 4x/8x things pick up for ATI a bit.  The minimum FPS on the ATI X800 XT is 4 frames higher than on the Ultra card, and the average frame rates show a 10% edge to ATI.  Looking at the FRAPS line graph data, you can see a slight seperation between the ATI and NVIDIA cards at certain stretches of the demo. 

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Without AA and AF, the NVIDIA cards actually out paced the ATI cards in both min and max FPS.  The average shows a slight favor to the ATI, but the game experience on either is great.  At 4x/8x ATI has a lead again, by about 22% when looking at the average frame rates.  The minimums however are right with each other and so gameplay isn’t affected too drastically by that. 

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