EverQuest 2 (Direct X)
Our latest addition to the graphics test suite is EverQuest 2, Sony’s sequel to the wildly popular original. This game has most graphical options than any I have ever seen, and when they are cranked up, the game is stunningly beautiful. And at those settings, we get framerates in the teens even on the most advanced graphics cards.
For my testing, I decided to use the EQ2 provided presets for image quality that range from Extreme Performance to Extreme Quality.
To give you a quick look at how much better the game can look just by moving up one setting, I have screenshots from the game running first in High Performance mode and secondly in High Quality mode. I think you’ll agree that the differences are worth investigate in our video reviews.
EQ2 in High Performance mode – Click to Enlarge
EQ2 in High Quality Mode – Click to Enlarge
There is no 800×600 option in EQ2 so instead I tested at the two quality levels you see above. It’s obvious that the 16 MB version of the 6200TC is out of its league here and isn’t really playable even in High Performance mode. Both the 6200TC w/ 32 MB and the X300 do well in it however. None of these three cards can handle High Quality mode at all, so don’t expect to get into EQ2 at this quality level with these cards.