Large Scale Vegetation Rendering
The scene represents an underwater landscape covered with a fantastic carpet of flowering seaweed. The picture is beautiful and loads any graphics card to the full; you can rarely see the fps-meter notching 25 or higher. ATI Technologies shows its best here. Notwithstanding the software tricks, the NVIDIA GPUs cannot even come close to the rivals.
The same is true for the same test in the “eye pleasing” mode.
Large Scale Terrain Rendering
We have got a marvelous landscape here – an open surface with a natural or artificial construction of gigantic dimensions and a whole underwater city! Among the cards on NVIDIA’s GPUs, only the one with the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra can handle this scene fast enough due to its sky-high frequencies.
The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra slows down under higher workloads, while the RADEON 9800 XT becomes the winner. We have parity in the mid-range sector: the RADEON 9600 XT and the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra show similar results. The latter looks somewhat better, though, especially in the highest resolution.