Call of Duty 2
The new version of the popular shooter Call of Duty doesn’t use the obsolete Quake 3 engine anymore. The new game engine supports DirectX 9 and uses a number of advanced special effects that make it a very difficult application. As you can see, none of the entry-level graphics cards allows playing this game with comfort at the max graphics quality settings even in the lowest resolution. Note, however, that the Chrome S27 keeps up with the rest of the cards and even outperforms the RADEON X1300 PRO and GeForce 6600 GDDR2 in 1600x1200 (this is not much of a victory if you recall that the ATI card has only 4 pixel pipelines and works at lower GPU and memory clock rates).
Our turning on full-screen antialiasing proved the supposition that S3 still implements super-sampling in its GPUs. Despite the tremendous memory bandwidth of 22.4GB/s (very high for this class of devices), the Chrome S27 is slower still than the sluggish GeForce 6200 in this test mode.
The OpenGL driver from S3 Graphics isn’t as good as results in The Chronicles of Riddick may induce you to think – the Chrome S27 is a little, but slower than the GeForce 6200 across all resolutions. This is a total defeat indeed considering the difference between the technical characteristics of the two cards. However the specifics of the Doom 3 engine may have something to do with that defeat as you’ll see below.