Lost Planet – HD 3870
Lost Planet (DirectX 10)
Lost Planet is a 1st or 3rd person shooter that was out originally on the Xbox 360 but then made the transition to a DX9/DX10 title for the PC this summer. Set in a frozen world where you have to kill the opposing aliens in order to sustain enough heat to stay alive, Lost Planet has some visually impressive settings that make it a good benchmark title.
There are few DX10 settings that you can enable to adjust for which shader path you would like to use that are only available on Vista when a DX10 card is detected.
The HD 3870 puts up a good fight in our Lost Planet testing but falls behind in the average frame rate by about 24% at 1920×1200 with all the eye candy turned up. Still, the RV670 does a good job of showing off when compared to the HD 2900 XT and is also clearly faster than the HD 3850 card based on the same RV670 architecture.