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6 mixed video cards - Game tests: BF1942, Tomb Raider and Jedi Academy

Six evaluations are complete and five remain.

Battlefield 1942:
Secret Weapons of WWII
  Battlefield 1942, developed by Swedes, is still a very popular online game and because of this it feels even more important to test it. Once again we use the FRAPS tool and evaluate the downloadable demo.
Engine:
Direct3D (DX8.1)
Pixel Shaders:
No
Vertex Shaders:
No

Battlefield 1942
1280x1024 4xAA/8xAF

   
Radeon 9800 Pro
  80.2
 
Radeon 9800
  75.6
 
Albatron 5900 Turbo
  53.8
 
Albatron 5900 PV
  52.7
 
Radeon 9600 XT
  50.2
 
AIW 9600 Pro
  46.7
 
Radeon 9600 Pro
  45.5
 
Gainward 5700 Ultra
  34.4
 
GF FX 5700 Ultra
  32.3
 
Albatron 5600 Ultra
  28.2
 
  0 20 40 60 80 100

The Radeon cards are a lot faster in Battlefield, there's no doubt about it. Playing BF with AA/AF using a 5700 Ultra or lower is something we would never recommend.

Subjective analysis: Ask grandpa what graphics card was being used in the battlefield of the '40s and he will of course reply that it was a Radeon. nVidia suffers from a quite horrible mouse lag in a couple of games when AA is enabled and this game is one of them.

Tomb Raider:
Angel of Darkness
Tomb Raider is the first commercial game to use 100% of DirectX 9.0 for its graphics and thereby making it an interesting test object. The test is run with the integrated tool's latest patch. The Prague3a level was selected for this test.
Engine:
Direct3D (DX9)
Pixel Shaders:
Yes (1.1, 1.4 and 2.0)
Vertex Shaders:
Yes (1.1 and 2.0)

Tomb Raider
1280x1024

   
Radeon 9800 Pro
  48
 
Radeon 9800
  40.9
 
Radeon 9600 XT
  29.9
 
Albatron 5900 Turbo
  29.5
 
Albatron 5900 PV
  28.9
 
Radeon 9600 Pro
  26.8
 
AIW 9600 Pro
  26.8
 
Gainward 5700 Ultra
  18.9
 
GF FX 5700 Ultra
  17.9
 
Albatron 5600 Ultra
  8.1
 
  0 15 30 45 60 75

We mentioned before that nVidia has fixed their pixel shaders a bit. In Tomb Raider it is obvious to us that they have done a really terrific job even if the raised clock frequences of course also contributes to the huge difference in performance. But, it isn't even close enough for nVidias card to be given a shot to challenge the Radeon when we notice that a 9600 XT is even faster than a 5900.

Subjective analysis: With the settings we use, Tomb Raider is ridiculously slow for all cards except the Radeon 9600 XT and better. Although, the 5900 has an average fps that reminds you of 9600 XTs but the fps instability of the 5900:s are far deeper than with the ATi cards, which in turn transforms this game into something that reminds you of a slideshow, now and then. For short: "ATi makes the board with which it's meant to be played"... or something like that.
Except from that, we don't see any obvious differences in image quality with the settings we use.

Star Wars Jedi Knight:
Jedi Academy
Jedi Academy is the successor of the popular Jedi Knight II. It is built using the Q3 engine, but it has got among other things very high-resoluted textures and more light effects. We have tested a customised recorded demo of the Traspir level where we met 7 enemies.
Spelmotor:
Open GL (DX8.X?)
Pixel Shaders:
Yes? (1.x?)
Vertex Shaders:
Yes? (1.x?)

Jedi Academy
1280x1024 4xAA/8xAF

   
Albatron 5900 Turbo
  43.9
 
Albatron 5900 PV
  43.7
 
Radeon 9800 Pro
  37.4
 
Radeon 9800
  36.2
 
Gainward 5700 Ultra
  32.6
 
GF FX 5700 Ultra
  30.6
 
Albatron 5600 Ultra
  26.9
 
Radeon 9600 XT
  21.3
 
AIW 9600 Pro
  20.8
 
Radeon 9600 Pro
  19.7
 
  0 15 30 45 60 75

After ATi humiliated nVidia two times in a row, it is now time for nVidia to flex their muscles in Jedi Academy. ATi are outperformed totally and nVidia squeezes them in every price level.

Subjective analysis: With a light saber or just an extreme hairgrowth and heated voice, you should choose nVidia. This is one of the few things that Sith and Jedis can come to an agreement about. To be honest, the differences in Jedi Academy, just like in Mafia, is somewhat fussy. The game runs perfect, no matter the numbers, and no matter if you use nVidia's or ATi's card.

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