Now let’s have a look at the performance of our testing participants in a non-standard record. To create your own demo-record in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter you should press [F7], which will call a blinking word “Recording…”. To stop the record, you should hit [F8] key. The record file with an automatically assigned RecordedXX.dem name will be placed into Temp subdirectory of the game. If you would like to play this demo you should first move it to the Demos directory of the game folder.
I created the tim_sstse.dem on the very first gaming level, Sierra de Chiapas:
So here are the results obtained in a non-standard record:
Very interesting, don’t you think so? Of course, the new record is no heavier than the standard one, however all graphics cards showed lower results in tim_sstse.dem!
Moreover, the whole picture got completely different now: ATI RADEON 9800 outperforms NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900, and RADEON 9800 Pro defeats NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.
With forced FSAA the performance gap between graphics solutions on ATI chips and those on NVIDIA chips got a little smaller, but on the whole the situation remain unchanged: ATI based graphics card prove faster than their competitors from NVIDIA.
I can’t say for sure that there are any real “cheats” for the standard “The Grand Cathedral” demo in ATI’s or NVIDIA’s drivers, since the two records I used differ really greatly from one another. For example, the first record has a lot of monsters in the scene at a time, that is why it also requires fast polygon processing. The second record, on the contrary, has very few monsters, but the biggest part of the workload is most likely to be connected with the grass and leaves drawing, i.e. with the objects featuring only one texturing layer. It is most optimal for the pixel pipelines of ATI RADEON 9800/9800 Pro featuring only texturing unit per pipeline.
Nevertheless, the obtained results allow us to conclude that it would be unfair to call any of the tested graphics cards an indisputable leader in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter taking into account the performance only in one standard demo record.