EverQuest 2

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.     

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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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We are very heavily CPU bound without AA and AF enabled, but once we turn them on the 512 MB 7800 GTX is able to stay 27% ahead of the 256 MB version. 

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There isn’t a large difference in performance here between the 7800 GTX 512 MBs in SLI and the 7800 GTs in SLI because of the CPU-limitedness of the EQ2 engine, and MMORPGs in general.   

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