EverQuest 2

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 more 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.   

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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 investigating in our video reviews.

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EQ2 in High Performance mode – Click to Enlarge

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EQ2 in High Quality Mode – Click to Enlarge

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* See below

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* See below

EQ2 is as CPU hungry as it is GPU hungry, but the additional memory is still able to make some improvements on our scores.  Without AA and AF, we see a 25% gain in average frame rates and a 65% or so gain in the max frame rate!  With AA and AF enabled, the performance advantage of the 512 MB card over the 256 MB X800 XL is about 12% on the average FPS and 27% on the max FPS. 

* The asterick here is to ignore the performance of the 6800GT in relation to the X800 XL cards when AA and AF are enabled.  Currently, the driver we had for ATI didn’t properly turn AA on in the game, and thus the scores aren’t directly comparable.

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