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Benchmark Results: World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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1680x1050
No AA/16x AF
1680x1050
8x AA/ 16x AF
1920x1080
No AA/16x AF
1920x1080
8x AA/ 16x AF
2560x1600
No AA/16x AF
2560x1600
8x AA/ 16x AF
Percent Gain
from 197.41 to 266.58
-9.15%
-8.58%
-13.37%
-8.33%
-5.78%
-2.88%


If you are an addict of World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm, these benchmarks should alarm you. Even though we can't benchmark using 197.41, the results speak for themselves. After every update, performance goes down, especially at 1920x1080 without any anti-aliasing. When playing World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm with the latest driver, you lose nearly 15% of the performance achieved in 257.21.

197.41: No setting past Fair197.41: No setting past Fair

All of the performance losses happen in a very linear direction in every scenario we benchmarked. There is no special case. There is no strange interaction between a driver and a specific resolution or setting.

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