Benchmarking Performance: High Quality Mode
This section of the review is about the performance of top-end graphics cards in the High Quality mode. We took the following cards through our tests:
- GeForce 6800 Ultra
- GeForce 6800 GT
- GeForce 6800
- GeForce FX 5950 Ultra
- GeForce FX 5900 256MB
- RADEON X800 XT
- RADEON X800 PRO
- RADEON 9800 XT
- RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB
- RADEON 9800 PRO 128MB
As you see, nearly all the cards, save for the GeForce 6800 and one version of the RADEON 9800, are equipped with 256MB of graphics memory, so the High Quality mode is best suited for them.
We installed the latest ForceWare driver (version 61.77) for the NVIDIA cards, and Catalyst 4.9 beta for ATI cards. We only enabled both 4x FSAA and 16x AF on the graphics cards of the new generation, since all eight-pipeline solutions were indecently slow in this mode – you can play the game with so low a fps rate. Yes, Doom 3 is a real resource-devourer, more fastidious than Far Cry even. We don’t post the results of the GeForce 6800 in the eye candy mode in 1600x1200 resolution since this card with its 128MB of memory was found incapable of running the game correctly in this mode.
The first test brings nothing new to us – the GeForce 6800 Ultra and GT take the top positions. The new version of Catalyst allows the RADEON X800 XT to reach the junior model from NVIDIA, the GeForce 6800. The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra is the winner among the 8-pipelined cards.
After we enable full-screen antialiasing and 16x anisotropic filtering, the RADEON X800 XT is for the first time ahead of the GeForce 6800, thanks to faster memory. But that’s the only achievement – the GeForce 6800 Ultra and GT are still unrivalled. The situation is unlikely to be different on other levels, but let’s check it out anyway.