Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. Benchmarking was performed using Quake4Bench and a custom timedemo recording. The benchmark was set to run a total of 5 times, with Quake4Bench automatically calculating an average result at the end of the run.
A mixed bag was to be had in Quake 4, with the GTX260 once again showing strength at the lower resolution, but once more losing out when the resolution was increased. It appears from these results that there is a slight advantage in owning a GTX280 if higher resolutions are desired. Once again we see the ATI HD4850 being the budget choice while the GTX280 is looking mighty expensive for what you get.
Unreal Tournament 3 is the highly anticipated game from Epic Games and Midway. The game uses the latest Unreal engine, which combines fast gameplay along with high quality textures and lighting effects. All benchmarks were performed using UTbench with a fly-by of the DM-BioHazard map. As usual, all benchmarks were performed 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
As expected, the new 180.43 drivers incorporating the PhysX driver had a dramatic effect on the Unreal Tournament III results, which is one of the few PhysX games available to the mass market. Clearly dominating the pack, it is obvious that the GTX260 Black Edition is a card to be reckoned with and, coupled with new driver releases from Nvidia, the 2nd Generation Unified Architecture cards are rapidly recovering lost ground to ATI.
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