Game Benchmarks: Fallout 3
Fallout 3 is a great game built on the demanding graphics engine evolved from the legendary Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Let’s see how these cards perform at maximum graphics settings, with no AA or AF:
Fallout 3 seems to prefer the Gigabyte GV-N250ZL-1GI, but we can’t be sure it likes the GeForce architecture or the full gigabyte of video RAM more. It’s a solid lead, but with the minimum frame rates so close between the contenders, it’s not a monster win.
We also suspect a little funny business with this benchmark as the Asus card seemed to max out at exactly 63 FPS in these benchmarks regardless of the resolution or image-quality settings. While vsync was forced off in Catalyst Control Center as well as the game itself, a constant maximum frame rate like that is suspicious. If it were caused by a CPU limitation, it should have also shown itself in the GeForce benchmarks as well.
Let’s add 4xAA and 15xAF to the mix and see if the story changes any:
The results appear quite close to the benchmarks with no AA and AF, but the GV-N250ZL-1GI has increased its lead a little over the Asus 4850 Matrix.
Hi rags_20 -
Actually, the appearance of the card in that picture is caused by barrel or pincushion distortion of the lens used to take the photo. The card itself isn't bent.
looks bad... and eratic. and makes the forums/coments system
more clutered than need be.
ps. your not running the same bench markes as Toms so your not really comparable.
yes, same game and engine, but for example in crysis, the frame rates are completely different from the start, through to the snowey bit at the end.
pps. are you comparing your card to there card at the same resolution?
I've been looking for a comparison like this for several weeks. Thank you although it didn't help me too much in my decision. I also missed some comments regarding the Physix, Cuda, DirectX 10 or 10.1 and Havok discussion.
I would be very happy to read a review for the Gainward HD4850 Golden Sample "Goes Like Hell" with the faster GDDR5 memory. If it then CLEARLY takes the lead over the GTS 250 and gets even closer to the HD4870 then my decision will be easy. Less heat, less consumption and almost same performance than a stock 4870. Enough for me.
btw. Resolutions I'm most interested in: 1440x900 and 1650x1080 for 20" monitor.
No, its classified as a C2Q. E6600 is classified as C2D.
Directly from the article on page 11:
Clearly this is not an ideal setup to eliminate the processor from affecting benchmark results of the two cards. Most games are not multithreaded, so the 2.4Ghz clock of the Q6600 will undoubtedly hold back a lot of games since they will not be able to utilize all 4 cores.
Stop triple posting!
Later in the article you write,
Your math is wrong. A claim of 20% over clock on the GV-N250ZL-1GI would equal 885.6 MHz. 10% of 738MHz = 73.8 MHz. So a 10% overclock would equal 811.8 MHz. 815 MHz is nowhere near 20%. In fact, according to your numbers, the GV-N250ZL-1GI barely lives up to its 10% minimal capability.