Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
Battlefield 2 uses a new DirectX 9.0 graphics engine as well as advanced physics engine, which makes it a computational resources-demanding game in general. While the graphics quality the game provides is really impressive, all the graphics cards deliver sufficient performance in Battlefield 2.
Due to framerate limiter, Battlefield 2 equally well on both RADEON X1800 XT and the GeForce 7800 GTX, but the GeForce 7800 GT seems to be a little bit faster compared to the RADEON X1800 XL in high resolutions.
Once full-scene antialiasing as well as anisotropic filtering are enabled, the RADEON X1800 XT and the X1800 XL start to outperform the rivals from NVIDIA Corp’s camp modestly. In 1600x1200 resolution with all the eye-candy enabled, the top-of-the-range ATI product offers 22% more performance in Battlefield 2 compared to NVIDIA’s GeForce 7800 GTX. The RADEON X1800 XL cannot boast with that great advantage over the rival and is only moderately faster than the GeForce 7800 GT.
Performance advantage of the RADEON X1800-series in the Battlefield 2 may be conditioned by faster memory speed (in case of the model 1800 XT) as well as more efficient memory controller (possibly, the case of the model X1800 XL).