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Performance in Strategies

Age of Empires 3

The game doesn’t support non-standard FSAA modes, so we can only publish the data for 4x FSAA mode.

Quad-SLI technology works incorrectly again. Installing a second GeForce 7950 GX2 into the system and enabling the appropriate mode leads to a performance hit of 50-100% depending on the resolutions. The Radeon X1950 XTX CrossFire is free from such problems, although its minimum speed is lower than that of the single card.

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends

CrossFire technology provides an up to 50% performance growth and the graphics subsystem is not the bottleneck anymore because the speed doesn’t grow up above 45fps. The GeForce 7950 quad-SLI brings about a performance increase, too, but smaller than 50%.

Unfortunately, ATI’s tandem cannot repeat its successful performance in Super AA mode. The quad-SLI system is no better, though. These multi-GPU configurations cannot provide enough speed even for this rather undemanding (in comparison with first-person shooters) real-time strategy.

The top-end multi-GPU subsystems look even worse in 16x SLI AA/14x Super AA mode. The numbers have no practical value for a gamer.

 
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