Battlefield 2

Battlefield 2 (Direct X)


Battlefield 2 is one of the first games to come along in quite a while that turned out to really push the current and even following generation gaming hardware.  Having the privelege of being the first game that might need 2 GB of memory is either a positive or negative, depending on your viewpoint.  Here are our IQ settings used:

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Our map was the Strike At Karkand that turns out to be one of the most demanding in the retail package in terms of land layout, smoke and other shader effects. 

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This is the first time we have used this benchmark in our video card test suite, and as such we have a couple of questions about our results that are going to be looked into during the day today.  If anything needs to be changed here, it will be done with a note as well, though all of the results you see below were repeated about a dozen times (was getting antsy) and we stand by what we have.

ATI CrossFire Review - Dual X850 XTs Are Finally Here - Graphics Cards 98

ATI CrossFire Review - Dual X850 XTs Are Finally Here - Graphics Cards 99

ATI CrossFire Review - Dual X850 XTs Are Finally Here - Graphics Cards 100

ATI CrossFire Review - Dual X850 XTs Are Finally Here - Graphics Cards 101

In 0xAA / 0xAF mode, we see that even though the CrossFire platform doesn’t take the win from the NVIDIA 6800s, it does perform well enough.  However, when we turned on 4xAA and 8xAF that is no longer the case.  Our level was particularly hard on the graphics card (hence why we picked it when the 7800s came out) and it would appear that either the R4xx series of GPU isn’t capable of this magnitude of processing power at these quality settings; or we have a serious driver issue (bug or installation issue on our end).   The 0x/0x results seem to be in line with numbers we have seen else where, so we are left with a sinking feeling for now.

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ATI CrossFire Review - Dual X850 XTs Are Finally Here - Graphics Cards 103

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The single 7800 GTX out runs both the SLI and CrossFire setups in our test as well.

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