Day 6. Titan Quest
For several years the fans of Diablo 2 had to replay their favorite game because of a total lack of worthy alternatives. The classic hack & slash in Titan Quest cannot obscure Blizzard’s famous creation, but keeping close to the roots of the genre and featuring high-quality graphics, this game is a pleasant surprise for all the RPG/action-loving people. The developers from Iron Lore Entertainment recreated the mythological world of Ancient Greece in all its splendor by consulting with historians as well as by utilizing up-to-date advances in the area of shader-based special effects. The game also supports the physical engine PhysX that helps make the ancient world even more realistic.
It’s no secret that graphics cards from Nvidia have no competitors in games that appreciate high texturing speed. Titan Quest obviously prefers products from the Californian GPU maker: the GeForce 7900 GTX SLI is faster than the Radeon X1900 XT CrossFire by over 10fps. In the single card competition, the GeForce 7900 GTX is better in lower resolutions, but is overtaken by the Radeon X1900 XTX in the highest one.
Owners of a GeForce 7950 GX2 should be cautious about 1280x1024 resolution because in our tests this card would often refuse to work normally, delivering an indecently low frame rate of 25fps.
Note that all premium-class solutions provide acceptable speeds in Titan Quest in any resolution.
The game demands 512 megabytes of graphics memory at its maximum graphics quality settings, punishing the gamer with a tremendous performance hit otherwise: just compare the results of the Radeon X1800 XT and the GeForce 7900 GT. On the other hand, it prefers graphics cards with high texturing speed. The GeForce 7900 GTX is such in the high-end class and it takes the first place in all the resolutions. Although there’s an abundance of shader-based effects in Titan Quest, this must be not enough to fully load the shader-processing units of the Radeon X1900 XT. That’s why this graphics card has no advantage over the older Radeon X1800 XT.
The Radeon X1900 GT suffers from both lack of graphics memory and too few TMUs, so its result doesn’t reach even 20fps in 1280x1024. This solution doesn’t suit for playing Titan Quest with enabled 4x FSAA. The GeForce 7900 GT doesn’t suit for that, too, since its performance is below 30fps in 1280x1024. When choosing between the GeForce 7900 GTX and the Radeon X1900 XT you should take note of the fact that despite the big difference in their average performance, these cards have almost identical minimum speeds and thus provide the same level of comfort in complex game scenes.