PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Review
By Vince Freeman :
March 13, 2008
FarCry is a first-person shooter that took in-game graphics to the next level, although in a different direction than DOOM 3 or Quake 4. 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. FarCry is a game that many newer DirectX 10 video cards have trouble with, but the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB doesn't seem to be one of them. The PNY card posts the top scores at standard detail settings, and the lead increases with the resolution. It will be interesting to see how it fares at the higher-detail benchmarking, and to see if this trend continues.
FarCry AA and AF Widescreen Performance
When we move to the more demanding widescreen resolutions at 4X AA and 16X AF settings, the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB starts to show its muscle, and speeds by the GeForce 8800 GTS. As you can see from the Radeon X1900 XTX vs. Radeon HD 2900 XT comparison, FarCry is a real old school test that puts serious pressure on the DirectX 10 cards.
Quake 4 Performance
Quake 4 is another old school benchmark, a 3D first-person shooter from id Software and Raven. While the actual storyline is standard fare and the game itself is based on the DOOM 3 engine, the graphics are exceptional and it is an improvement over previous editions. The lighting and shadow effects are excellent, and the overall level design and architecture are a real treat. The overall load on the graphics card can be extreme, which is both a blessing and a curse, depending on the actual hardware you are testing.
The initial Quake 4 benchmark results show another performance victory for the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, but it's a very slim one, with the main competitors being the GeForce 7950 GT and GeForce 8800 GTS.
Quake 4 AA and AF Widescreen Performance
The higher-resolution/4X AA-16X AF performance results show the PNY card in a much better light, and now we see the Radeon HD 2900 XT taking over at the only real competition, especially at 1920x1200.