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.
Testing the APU graphics we set the graphics to the minimum preset while using DirectX 11.
We also left off the MSAA, though we did leave tessellation enabled.
Benchmark Results: The ASUS F1A75-V Pro was able to edge out the competition in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. At the lower resolution of 1280×1024 we saw an average frame rate of 41.5 fps. This is a full frame per second faster than the previous best on the MSI A75MA-G55 which averaged 40.5 frames per second. Cranking the resolution up to the more common gaming resolution of 1920×1080 the ASUS F1A75-V Pro once again took the crown. The ASUS F1A75-V Pro was able to pull out an average of 31.6 frames per second while the MSI A75MA-G55 maintained an average of 31.2 frames per second.
In order to give our XFX Radeon HD 6950 a workout on our systems we cranked the image quality preset to Ultra.
We also increased the Multisample Anti-Aliasing to 4x and left Tessellation enabled.
Benchmark Results: Once again the ASUS F1A75-V Pro led the pack of AMD A75 systems in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. At 1280×1024 the F1A75-V Pro maintained an average of 95.7 frames per second, which edged out the MSI A75MA-G55 by .7 frames per second. Increasing the resolution to 1920×1080 the F1A75-V Pro held onto the lead, edging out the MSI A75MA-G55 by .6 frames per second.