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eVGA e-GeForce FX 5950 Ultra - Page 6 of 8

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Wolfenstein: ET is a fairly popular online FPS for a couple of reasons. 1- It's a great game to play when players actually play as a team to achieve objectives and overcome obstacles. 2 - It's free. The second fact pretty much entails that any FPS enthusiast has given the game a try, at least for a few games before deciding whether it can honour the space it occupies on your hard drive or if ET gets the boot. The game makes use of a modified Q3A engine where a number of the modifications lie in various graphical enhancements.

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Settings

The above settings were used for all tests.

Wolfenstein: ET Results

Wolfenstein's frantic pace combined with some sweet OpenGl visuals begins to take a toll on the 5950 Ultra at 1280x1024 with AA set at 2X and AF set at 4X. The settings were selected to truly stress out the card.  

Need for Speed: Underground

I've been waiting for this game for quite a while. While the demo and the previous game have displayed that the Need for Speed series has unfortunately shifted from the light-simulation feel of the great NFS: Porsche Unleashed to an arcade atmosphere, that doesn't necessarily make it a truly horrible game. The screenshot above displays the rather bright and detailed environments of the game. EA has added a number of graphical goodies to make the game shine on beefy machines.

NFS: Underground Settings

The detail setting was maxed out on the first display settings screen, with the above settings selected in the customized display settings screen. Testing was composed of running the car though 12-15 drag races with FRAPS being enabled at the start and ending when the run completed (either after having passed the finish line, or immediately after a crash). The maximum and minimum FPS of all the runs were posted here, with the average of the averages of all the runs displayed.

Need for Speed: Underground Demo Results

As every other EA motor sport game that I've tested, the performance isn't anything to write home about... even in very powerful systems. The lackluster PC performance seems to be a by-product of multiplatform support. In any case, once again we see that the in-game performance isn't limited by the video card as increasing the image quality enhancing features and increasing the resolution barely affects the performance. 1280x1024 @ 2X FSAA is the sweet spot for the eVGA e-GeForce 5950 Ultra. Gaming at anything lower is just wasting the 5950's horsepower.

Next page: Image Quality Comparison

Last Updated on November 17, 2003


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