Gaming Benchmarks: Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
For our tests we used 32bit color and Quality settings. We also used standard GFX: Extreme Quality settings including maximum image quality, namely maximum supported level of anisotropic filtering.
Therefore the tests in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter were run only in two modes: without full-screen anti-aliasing and with enabled 4x anti-aliasing.
Here NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is just a little ahead of the predecessor, which was determined mainly by the anisotropic filtering speed.
ATI chips support the maximum of 16x anisotropy, which is twice as high as NVIDIA chips do. That is why ATI RADEON 9700 Pro and RADEON 9800 Pro appeared in harder testing conditions, which definitely told on their results.
Enabled full-scene anti-aliasing pushes forward NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra with the highest memory bus bandwidth of all graphics cards tested. ATI RADEON 9800 Pro and ATI RADEON 9700 Pro performed quite well compared with GeForce FX 5800 Ultra, however, only 9800 Pro managed to beat the old rival.