Far Cry with HDR Lighting
We could not resist to test the Far Cry game with HDR enabled, as it is obvious that HDR is a strong side of the GeForce 7800-series.
It is understandable that due to increased amount of pixel processors the GeForce 7800 GT is much better performer than the GeForce 6800 Ultra with HDR enabled, even though it is not that blazingly fast as the 7800 GTX model. Unfortunately, multi-GPU SLI technology does not offer any performance boosts for the HDR mode in Far Cry .
F.E.A.R. Multiplayer Demo
F.E.A.R. game due out this Fall sports a game engine that features dynamic per-pixel lighting as well as materials created using pixel shaders for higher realism. The developer says that the title uses a lot of HLSL DirectX 9.0 shaders and, based on performance scalability of F.E.A.R. on different graphics cards, we can state for sure: there are a lot of shaders in the game.
Being the most demanding first-person shooter among our benchmarks, F.E.A.R. Multiplayer Performance Test show clearly which graphics solution is the most promising today. NVIDIA’s GeForce 7800 GT is just a little behind two GeForce 6800 Ultra (each of them used to cost $499) and manages to outperform one such card by a substantial margin.
With eye-candy enabled, no graphics card can hit 60 fps even in 1024x768, which means that it would be uncomfortable to play with such settings and performance on currently available hardware. Still from “pure interest” standpoint we may note that the 7800 GT can beat former champions even in this benchmark.