Legit Video Card Reviews
ATI Catalyst 10.3a Driver Performance Benchmarking
|Product:||Catalyst 10.3 beta drivers|
|Date:||Wed, Mar 17, 2010 - 12:00 PM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl following the ending in which Strelok destroys the C-Consciousness. Having discovered the open path to the Zone's center, the government decides to stage a large-scale operation to take control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat utilizes the XRAY 1.6 Engine, allowing advanced modern graphical features through the use of DirectX 11 to be fully integrated; one outstanding feature being the inclusion of real-time GPU tessellation. Regions and maps feature photo realistic scenes of the region it is made to represent. There is also extensive support for older versions of DirectX, meaning that Call of Pripyat is also compatible with older DirectX 8, 9, 10 and 10.1 graphics cards.
The game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: CoP has no internal benchmarking tools built into the game engine, but they do have a standalone benchmark available that we used for our testing purposes. The screen capture above shows the main window of the benchmark with our settings. Notice we are running Enhanced Full Dynamic Lighting "DX11" as our renderer.
Under the advanced settings we enabled tessellation and 4x MSAA. We didn't enable ambient occlusion as we wanted to use these test settings for mainstream cards down the road and these settings should be tough enough to stress the Radeon HD 5000 series cards.
Benchmark Results: ATI
claimed that CATALYST 10.3a
drivers improves performance up to 10% with Anti-Aliasing enabled on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series
products. We found that on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Benchmark that we got a 7.7% performance increase!
Next Page - Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Page 1 - ATI Brings The Hurt To NVIDIA With CATALYST 10.3
Page 2 - Radeon HD 5870 Test Settings
Page 3 - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Page 4 - Resident Evil 5
Page 5 - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Page 6 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 7 - Unigine 'Heaven' DX11
Page 8 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 9 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions