Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Powercolor
Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. This uses many DX 9.0c features and is a game that has not always ran so well on ATI hardware, being an OpenGL game. Once again I did three two minute runs on Quake 4 on each card and took the average of all my readings from these. I played a fast and furious part of the game that required both internal and external scenes.
Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for Quake 4 on a Dell 2405FPW display:
Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenery. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of the high-end nVidia cards here. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the game. I spoke to a character, did some magic whilst in a fight and fought in the arena that is pretty huge. Also as well as doing this test I took a wander around to make sure that the benchmark resembled the general gameplay with each card. This benchmark really tests todays cards and ATI cards seem to do very well in this game.
Also note that I used the "Chuck" patch to enable AA and HDR - this improved the gaming experience immensely.
It is fair to say that gaming using this card, the "Chuck" patch and Oblivion is simply an amazing experience. Oblivion has such a rich and diverse environment that the game looks nothing short of stunning on the X1950XT-X. While I have my doubts about the numbers above, the card played the game incredibly smoothly and it was a pleasure to play.