Legit Video Card Reviews
ATI Radeon HD 3870 + 3850 CrossFire - Mixing Video Cards
|Product:||ATI Radeon HD 3870 + 3850 CrossFire|
|Date:||Thu, Feb 14, 2008 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl uses the 'X-ray Engine' to power the graphics. It is a DirectX 8/9 Shader Model 3.0 graphics engine. Up to a million polygons can be on-screen at any one time, which makes it one of the more impressive engines on the market today. The engine features HDR rendering, parallax and normal mapping, soft shadows, widescreen support, weather effects and day/night cycles. As with other engines that utilize deferred shading (such as Unreal Engine 3 and CryENGINE2), the X-ray Engine does not support anti-aliasing with dynamic lighting enabled. However, a "fake" form of anti-aliasing can be enabled with the static lighting option; this format utilizes a technique to blur the image to give the false impression of anti-aliasing. The game takes place in a thirty square kilometer area, and both the outside and inside of this area is rendered to the same amount of detail.
Benchmark Results: The Radeon HD 3870 + Radeon HD 3850 CrossFire combination does great on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and was significantly faster than a single Radeon HD 3870. A pair of Radeon HD 3870 graphics cards in CrossFire is still better for gaming, but our mixed cards isn't too far behind.
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Page 1 - Mixing ATI Radeon HD Graphics Cards in CrossFire
Page 2 - The Test System
Page 3 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Page 4 - Company of Heroes
Page 5 - World in Conflict
Page 6 - BioShock
Page 7 - Call of Duty 4
Page 8 - 3DMark 2006
Page 9 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions