Far Cry 2, WoW, and CrysisFar Cry 2
While many have bemoaned the actual gameplay of this title, it does have a very slick looking graphics engine. The Ranch-Long playback was run on the included benchmarking tool, with the “High” preset level enabled. 4X AA and 16X AF were also used.
Except for the lowest resolution, the HD 5750 proved to be faster than the others by significant margins, especially at 2560×1600.
World of Warcraft
The graphics engine of WoW has been improved upon over the years, but it is not to be confused with a cutting edge engine. It is still DX9 based, but can provide some interesting and colorful graphics. A manual run through Crystalsong Forrest was recorded with FRAPS. All settings were maxed out, except for low shadows. 4X AA and 16X AF were enabled.
All three cards performed very well with this test, as the area is one of the more graphically challenging that WoW can provide. The HD 4870 again comes out significantly ahead of the other two.
The reason graphics hardware guys don’t have any hair. A manual run through the first portion of the game was recorded by FRAPS. Graphic options were set to high, with 0X AA and 16X AF enabled.
Amazing to think that even after 2+ years this game can take even the most advanced graphics cards and bring them to their knees. High resolutions, quality settings, and AA depth all have to be sacrificed to get this title to run fast on even high end modern hardware. Then again, Far Cry was much the same. It took several years for people to be able to play that title with HDR enabled and at the quality settings they wanted.