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ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Graphics Card Preview
|Product:||ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Video Card|
|Date:||Mon, Jul 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.
The game was benchmarked with full dynamic lighting and maximum quality settings at 1920x1200 and 1280x1024 resolutions.
Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was and still is a fun game to play now that the developer fixed many of the bugs found in the game through a series of patches. The ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 has the performance lead at both 1920x1200 and 1280x1024 resolutions.
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Page 1 - ATI Radeon HD 4870 Sneak Peak
Page 2 - A Closer Look
Page 3 - The Test System
Page 4 - Company of Heroes
Page 5 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Page 6 - Crysis
Page 7 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 8 - Power Consumption and Final Thoughts