Sapphire HD 2900 XT

Game Benchmarks - CoD 2, F.E.A.R. and Oblivion

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2 is a fairly recent game that uses a lot of DirectX 9.0c features, including real time shadows, amazing smoke effects and some nice looking HDR effects. This makes the game very taxing at these high resolutions. I played a fully patched up version of the game. Once again I played through the game with a two minute gaming session including explosions, smoke and also lots of snow.

Let's see how the cards fared here:

call of duty 2

The HD2900XT does ok in our first benchmark against the two factory overclocked 8800's, but overall the average FPS is lower giving a slightly less enjoyable experience.


F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today's top of the line GPU's. I fully patched version the game with the latest patch. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool "blast" contortion effect when blown up.

fear fps

Again in F.E.A.R. the HD2900XT does pretty well, just about beating the two 8800's in average FPS. However the frames dropped pretty low at a couple of points during gameplay, so it got a little jerky at points.


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 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. Settings used are below:

oblivion in-game

I enforced 4 x AA onto the game on all cards, leaving HDR on as an option in-game.

oblivion graph

Here the ATI card excelled, pumping out the frames at a rate far superior to the nVidia cards. Oblivion was smooth and gorgeous to play as the HD2900XT really showed what it could do.
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Most Recent Comments

09-07-2007, 06:56:17

As always, nice review Kempez!Quote

09-07-2007, 07:04:16

wow, it kicked the 8800's ass at some things :O

in 3dmark it dominated

nice looking card Quote

09-07-2007, 07:45:41

Tis nice looking, not kind on the ears thoughQuote

09-07-2007, 07:47:23

Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Tis nice looking, not kind on the ears though
I heard a crossfire setup of those. Man oh man hecka loud! If ATI sorted their size/power/noise issue, then I'd have definitely considered an HD2900XT.Quote

09-07-2007, 07:53:10

Not a fan on the sandwich heatsink. The 8800 Blocks are expensive enough, the 2900s are going too need even more copper = higher price again. Same goes for after-market air coolers.

But at the oblivion resultsQuote

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