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 privilege 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:

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 83

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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Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 89

Our first series of tests looks at the NVIDIA 8800 GTX and 7900 GTX experienecs under Windows Vista with Battlefield 2.  With the 7900 GTX, the gaming experience remains mostly unchanged between Windows XP and Windows Vista as average and minimum frame rates stay within a close margin of each other.  The 8800 GTX isn’t so lucky, as we see a big drop in performance under Vista at the 2560×1600 resolution where the 100 FPS frame cap can’t help as much.  Here we see a 28% drop in average frame rate; and even at 1600×1200 the min FPS drops by 23% though the average remains very close to the Windows XP scores.   

Update (2/13/07): NVIDIA was able to help find a solution to what appears to be a VERY dramatic performance drop in this title.  See our conclusions page for the information.

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 90

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Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 92

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The AMD X1950 XTX scores from WinXP to Vista remain nearly the same with a modest 2% average frame rate change.  Surprisingly we sw a 10% INCREASE in the minimum FPS using dual cards in CrossFire mode at 2560×1600!  Clearly though the AMD Vista driver performance is MUCH closer to the Windows XP experience than NVIDIA’s.

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