EverQuest 2 (Direct X)
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 at Extreme Quality, despite what the screen below shows.
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.
EQ2 in High Performance mode – Click to Enlarge
EQ2 in High Quality Mode – Click to Enlarge
Interestingly, the XFX 7800 GT is just faster than the stock BFG card on this, probably due to the faster memory clock on this incredibly texture intensive application. The overclocked BFG card shows a pretty good gain of about 16% over stock speeds.