Radeon X700 XT 128 MB PCIe
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For comparison purposes a Radeon X800
XT is also included to allow an analysis of how each title
in the test suite is or isnt affected by the significant
performance differences of the two boards. And with this in
mind, testing was conducted with in-game settings configured
at higher, more demanding levels.
On: Modern Air Combat was
tested using the MiG-29 Intercept demo. In-game settings were
at their highest options, except for several features such
as water and heat bltr which were set to low and turned off.
The demo was run for three minutes.
With LOMACs graphics set
at high the game is obviously unplayable at any of the resolutions,
with the frame rate falling to roughly a third of what the
X800 XT scored. Fans of this particular title shopping for
a new graphics card at this price point will have to either
spend more money or dial quite a number of the in-game options
down a few notches.
Simulator 2004 was tested
using SimHQs in-house dusk flight over the city of Hong
Kong, with an external camera view set behind the plane. Frame
rate recording is stopped once the plane lands. MS: 2004 was
configured with ultra high settings across its four hardware
The X700 XT scaled well with the resolution
changes and remained surprisingly playable at even 1600x1200,
with the frame rate staying close to two-thirds that of the
Forgotten Battles - Aces Expansion Pack represents
SimHQs non-modern flight simulation test. Using OpenGL,
the landscape option was set to perfect and all other graphics
options were at their highest settings. Testing consisted
of using the Black Death track. SimHQ plans to incorporate
the latest IL-2 release, Pacific Fighters, into our benchmark
suite in the near future.
IL-2:FB-AEP is another title
that turns in respectable scores while running on this mainstream
board, though the lower fill-rate of the X700 board takes
its toll at the higher resolutions, showing a sharper frame
rate drop than the X800 displayed. The game, however, might
still be playable for some even at the highest resolution
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