Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Test Setup

VGA Charts VIII: PCI Express Winter 2005
By

Desktop
CPU AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 2800 MHz
FSB 200 MHz
Motherboard ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe nForce4 SLI X16
Memory 2x Corsair 1024 MB CMX1024-3500LLPRO
Hard Drive Hitachi
120 GB S-ATA (8 MB)
DVD Gigabyte GO-D1600C
LAN Marvel 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit
Power Supply Enermax 550W (ATX 1.0)
Driver & Configuration
Graphics ATI Catalyst 5.10
NVIDIA 81.85
Chipset NVIDIA nForce4 v6.66
OS Windows XP Prof. SP1a
DirectX Version 9.0c
Nvidia Anti Aliasing (AA) and Anisotropic Filtering (AF)
ATI AA by application, AF if possible by application otherwise by graphics driver
Benchmarks
Age of Empire 3 Fraps/Custom Recordgame
Max Details/Quality
Fable - The Lost Chapters Fraps/Custom Savegame
Max Details/Quality
Quake 4 Custom THG-Timedemo
Ultra Quality
Serious Sam 2 Timedemo Shield Generator28
Max Details/Quality/32-Bit
Blach & White 2 Fraps/Intro Flyby Insel
Max Details/Quality
F.E.A.R. F.E.A.R. Benchmark
Max Details/Quality
3DMark 2005 1.2.0 Default Benchmark

Compatibility Of Graphics Processors With The Benchmark Games

The performance of graphics cards that support PixelShader 2 can’t be compared directly to that of those using PixelShader 3. If a game like Age of Empires III or Black & White 2 supports the higher shader version, it will utilize it to render more complex effects. In other words, cards with a lower shader version display fewer effects -all the while resulting in higher performance due to the lower computing load. The same holds true for shadow effects. For example, ATI’s driver automatically disables soft shadows in F.E.A.R. starting at 1280 x 960 pixels, giving the cards a performance boost. With older ATI hardware, shadow details have to be disabled completely in Fable - The Lost Chapters, or the game will automatically revert to 640 x 480.

There are also measurable differences in HDR rendering speed. Activating this visual enhancement in Serious Sam 2 can result in a performance drop between 14% and 70% depending on the graphics processor. To ensure that all results remain comparable, we tested all graphics cards according to their compatibility and grouped them into the result charts accordingly.

NVIDIA Compatibility with Benchmark Games
Graphics card Age of Empire 3 Fable - The Lost Chapters Quake 4 Serious Sam 2 Black & White 2 F.E.A.R.
Geforce 7800 GTX SLI 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 7800 GTX Extreme 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 7800 GTX 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 7800 GT 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 6800 Ultra SLI 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 6800 Ultra 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 6800 GT SLI 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 6800 GT 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 6800 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Geforce 6600 GT SLI 100% shadow detail deactivated from 1024x768, 1600x1200 because 128 MB not possible 100% 100% AA deactivated from 1024x768 due to 128 MB 100%
Geforce 6600 GT 100% shadow detail deactivated from 1024x768, 1600x1200 because 128 MB not possible 100% 100% AA deactivated from 1024x768 due to 128 MB 100%
Geforce 6600 100% shadow detail deactivated from 1024x768, 1600x1200 because 128 MB not possible 100% 100% AA deactivated from 1024x768 due to 128 MB 100%
Geforce 6200 Turbo Cache Shader Quality High, Very High not possible 100% 100% no HDR rendering Blooming, depth of focus and distortion not possible 100%
Geforce 5900 Shader Quality High, Very High not possile shadow detail deactivated from 1280x1024, 1600x1200 because 128 MB not possible 100% no HDR rendering Blooming, depth of focus and distortion not possible 100%
ATI Compatibility with Benchmark Games
Graphics card Age of Empire 3 Fable - The Lost Chapters Quake 4 Serious Sam 2 Black & White 2 F.E.A.R.
Radeon X1800 XT 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X1800 XL 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X1300 Pro 100% 100% 100% 100% graphics sometimes hang at 1024x768 AA2 AF4 Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X850 XT PE Shader Quality High, Very High not possible shadow details must be deactivated 100% no HDR rendering 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X800 XT Shader Quality High, Very High not possible shadow details must be deactivated 100% no HDR rendering 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X800 XL Shader Quality High, Very High not possible shadow details must be deactivated 100% no HDR rendering 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X800 XL Shader Quality High, Very High not possible shadow details must be deactivated 100% no HDR rendering 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X700 XT Shader Quality High, Very High not possible shadow details must be deactivated 100% no HDR rendering 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X700 Pro Shader Quality High, Very High not possible shadow details must be deactivated 100% no HDR rendering 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X600 XT Shader Quality High, Very High not possible shadow details must be deactivated 100% no HDR rendering 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
Radeon X600 Pro Shader Quality High, Very High not possible shadow details must be deactivated 100% no HDR rendering 100% Soft Shadows deactivated from 1280x960
React To This Article