DirectX Gaming – Half-Life 2, Guild Wars, Brothers in Arms

We are now going to test the performance of the ASRock K8 Upgrade 760GX with games using DirectX 9.

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1280×1024. High details. No anti-aliasing.

Here we see the Radeon 9800XT and ASRock K8 Upgrade 760GX combo perform on par with the Radeon X700 on the nForce 4 SLI. This could be explained by the fact that Half-Life 2’s performance is dependant on the graphics adapter. But if this were true, we would have seen the Intel 915P system closer to the nForce 4 SLI since they both use the same X700 Pro PCIe card. Strange results. Could it be that HL2 is AMD optimized?

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Brothers in Arms is a great historical shooter that does a better job (in my opinion) at characterization and plot than any other WWII shooter. Unfortunately, it appears that Gearbox can’t seem to make a game that performs half decent on the PC (anyone remember Halo for PC?). At any rate, above we see the results from Brothers in Arms running on the various systems and the results are rather unimpressive.

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I’m having a blast with Guild Wars – it’s one of the most innovative and well designed game I’ve played in a very long time. In this test we do a run through the countryside in Ascalon with a few groups of monsters and hills and ruins off in the distance. Though the ASRock K8 Upgrade 760GX is the slowest system in this test, it still scores a decent 46.5 FPS average and 30 FPS minimum.

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