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Benchmark Results: Star Trek Online

Build Your Own: Wall-Sized 3D Gaming, Just Like Theaters Do It

This might seem like an odd title to test at first, but let me just say that epic space battles in wall-sized 3D are so incredibly impressive that this is everyone's favorite game to sit back and watch. The sense of scale is simply delicious with the camera poised behind the saucer section of a mighty starship that fires volley after volley of phaser cannons towards a target far off in the distance, while floating space debris contributes to a sense of depth. 

Game Settings:

We set the native projector resolution to 1280x720 and the game's visual-detail settings to the recommend quality with 4x MSAA.

Game Experience Using the TriDef Ignition Driver:

Unfortunately, we have another game in which the TriDef driver fails to work. Trying to use the driver crashes the game. Once again, forum users claim to have gotten this game to work with TriDef 3D Ignition, suggesting that the rarely used and tested dual-projector output might be the culprit here.

Game Experience Using the iZ3D Driver:

As it always seems to, the iZ3D driver works. The iZ3D driver also produces some shadow glitches (as we've noticed in other titles). Unfortunately, this can't be fixed by adjusting the convergence. We are left with the choice of using the low-quality setting to remove the shadow problems or to endure them by adjusting convergence to display properly at one depth while another depth would continue to show distracting anomalies. Aside from this, the darkness of the space background contrasts with the brightness of ships to contribute to some crosstalk artifacts. It is a little distracting at times, but not that bad on the whole.

Despite all of this, we rely heavily on the iZ3D driver and appreciate its ability to work. We simply would not have been able to experience Star Trek Online otherwise, and like we said, this game is a spectator favorite.

Star Trek Online 3D Stereo Performance:

For whatever reason, the iZ3D driver seems to work a lot smoother with the Radeon HD 4890 card in Star Trek Online, but frame rates are good with both of the graphics cards we tested.

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