FarCry is a hot first-person shooter that takes in-game graphics to the next level, although in a different direction than DOOM 3. Instead of darkness and confined spaces, FarCry can place you outdoors, on bright sandy beaches, jungles or even on the water itself. This game gives our video cards a different kind of a stress test, and rest assured that FarCry ranks up there with the very toughest 3D game benchmarks. FarCry is an interesting benchmark, as it combines old school performance requirements with hot new features such as support for SM 3.0. For this test, we are using the full retail version updated to version 1.4, along with a new custom demo file.
The updated patches enable SM3.0 support for FarCry, and this makes it another good test of gaming feature sets and performance. The ATI-based cards tend to perform higher than in FarCry than on some other benchmarks, and this is evident with both the Radeon X1650 XT and Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB cards, In FarCry testing, the Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT 256MB again finds itself fighting it out with the GeForce 7600 GS 256MB, and at least winning that particular battle.
FarCry AA and AF Widescreen Performance
When we shift to the widescreen resolutions and enable 4X AA and 16X AF settings, the Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT 256MB again performs better relative to the other entry-level video cards. It pushes ahead of the GeForce 7600 GS and comes within striking distance of the GeForce 7600 GT.
Supreme Commander Performance
Supreme Commander is a high-end real-time strategy game, similar to a next-gen Total Annihilation, which combines killer graphics with top-level AI. The in-game visuals are incredible, and when there are multiple armored mechs in the same area, it can take a real toll on even high-end system configurations. This makes it a great benchmark for our high-end graphic cards, and while the in-game benchmarking program offers several different performance ratings, but for this market segment, we prefer the overall FPS score.
Supreme Commander really gave our video cards a good workout, and the Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT 256MB finds itself in familiar territory, easily outperforming the GeForce 7600 GS, while falling just short of the Radeon X1650 XT and GeForce 7600 GT.
Supreme Commander AA and AF Widescreen Performance
Once we enable anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing settings and jack the widescreen resolutions, we don't see a lot changing, and the Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT 256MB remains in virtually the same relative position.