Mid-range: Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2 (DirectX 10)
Far Cry 2 is the spiritual sequel to one of the best selling and longest living games on the PC though this title was developed not by Crytek, but by Ubisoft directly using a completely new engine as well. The game is set in Africa and you have malaria – what else do you need to know?
Far Cry 2 settings
Far Cry 2 includes a great benchmarking utility that allows us to setup for in-game testing of all varieties and includes both the ability to benchmark based on time (variable frame count) or based on speed (fixed frame count) – we went with the time-based option to simulate real-world gaming and allowing for apples-to-apples comparisons.
For NVIDIA, this Far Cry testing shows how much further behind the Windows 7 driver really is compared to AMD’s Catalyst 9.3. At 2048×1536 the NVIDIA GTX 260+ is about 30% slower on Windows 7 than Windows Vista though for the AMD card the difference between the two operating systems is basically zero. At 2560×1600, both cards score worse in Windows 7 though I am putting that more towards the huge demand and variability of FC2 results on underpowered cards (for a given resolution). So for Far Cry 2, in Windows Vista the NVIDIA card gets the win though in Windows 7, for now, AMD’s Radeon HD 4870 1GB takes the crown.