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Performance in RPG

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Nvidia GeForce 7 architecture doesn’t allow using HDR (FP16) along with FSAA, so we benchmarked the cards in TES IV: Oblivion with anisotropic filtering only. Without HDR, the game loses much of its visual appeal. As usual, we measured the speed manually with the Fraps utility, so the numbers may be somewhat inaccurate.

It’s all the same, at least in closed game scenes. The Radeon X1950 XTX is still the best of single-chip solutions. The dual-chip ASUS EN7950GX2 is faster still, providing a frame rate of almost 60fps in 1920x1200 resolution.

In spite of its higher scene fill rate, the EN7950GX2 loses its ground in 1600x1200 where the Radeon X1950 XTX provides a higher minimum of speed.

Titan Quest

There’s a change of the leader in Titan Quest : the GeForce 7900 GTX now wins in every resolution, including 1920x1200. The EN7950GX2 slows down so much that it even finds itself behind the Radeon X1900 XT. That’s the effect of our disabling the driver optimizations by switching to the High Quality mode. The Radeon X1950 XTX also slows down by 16-17% to 20% on switching to its high-quality anisotropic filtering algorithm.

 
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