PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Review
By Vince Freeman :
March 13, 2008
F.E.A.R. (or First Encounter Assault Recon) is a one of the newer entrants to our game benchmark suite, and it features jaw-dropping graphics, a killer Matrix-like "reflex time" feature, and a physics engine that can bring any system to its knees. This Monolith production includes a wide selection of System and Video settings, along with an in-game testing module to keep things 100% comparable between different graphics cards. In this case, as we are dealing with video card performance, so we have racked the computer and graphics settings to high (max only increases AF and AA) and then testing at the different resolutions.
F.E.A.R. is one of the most demanding game benchmarks in our entire suite, and its overall design rewards both pure graphics performance and an SM 2.0/3.0 feature set.
Right from the start, there is no question which card is the most powerful at F.E.A.R., and the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB literally steamrolls the competition. Even the GeForce 8800 GTS and Radeon HD 2900 XT are left in the dust, and show the GeForce 8800 GTS-512 with a real advantage at this market level.
F.E.A.R. AA and AF Widescreen Performance
All of the video cards drop back when we make the transition to 4X AA and 8X AF widescreen detail settings, but the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB remains in the top spot at both resolutions.
Company of Heroes Performance
Company of Heroes is one of the more recent addition to our game benchmark suite, and true to form, it offers one of the most demanding benchmark environments ever. CoH is a WW2 real-time strategy game, which again provides us with a nice change of pace from the usual FPS benchmark. To give the video cards an even tougher time, we have enabled SM3.0, and set every available graphics option to High.
Company of Heroes is another very demanding game benchmark, and is historically an area where ATI video cards hold a significant advantage. The PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB quickly squashes any resistance, although the Radeon HD 2900 XT does give it a good shot.
Company of Heroes AA and AF Widescreen Performance
At the widescreen/higher detail settings, the PNY card only extends its performance lead, and is the only card to even approach 100 fps at this level. The Radeon HD 2900 XT is again the best competition, but even it is left in the dust.