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Gainward GeForce PowerPack! Ultra/650-8X XP “Golden Sample” - Page 9 Of 17

Aquanox: Performance

Although it's a two year old game, Aquanox is a still widely played game. It has been very popular among reviewers, mainly because of its features:

• Full support of DirectX8
• Environmental effects like plankton, plants etc.
• Photorealistic materials, radiosity lighting, reflections, rt-shadows etc.
• Impressive layered, multicolored, volumetric fog effects
• Full support for FSAA to increase visual quality
• Advanced physics engine
• DirectSound 3D, EAX, MP3
• Supports all current input devices and ForceFeedback


For reference:
P4: 1.6A @ 2.39GHz / 512MB PC2100 / Stock Gainward Ti4600
AMD: Athlon XP 1900+ @ 1.6GHz / 512MB PC2100 / Stock Gainward Ti4200

Since Ti4x00 series of cards support DirectX 8.1 you will have no problems running Aquanox with all the eye candy enabled (and there are plenty of settings that you can fiddle with). As you can see both cards performed similarly. I was very surprised as to how our AMD system ran against the P4 with higher clocks. We've used FSAA (Full Scene Anti Aliasing) during our testing. At 800x600 and 1024x768 the Ti4200 did quite well, beating the P4 system by 18 and 5 FPS respectively. And no it's not an anomaly, we ran this particular benchmark twice. Despite low scores at 1280x1024 it still ran very smoothly. Enabling level 2 of FSAA we are still getting acceptable frame rates with smooth animations. Things change while we switch to 4X FSAA (not that we didn't expect that). An acceptable performance at 800x600 resolution will give you around 45 FPS. Beyond that it gets pretty choppy, so we don't recommend using this mode.

So what are the ultimate settings? Well first of all you have to find out the resolution you like (for me it was 1024x768). Then you should really go into game options and play with the settings. In our example we set the details to maxiumum with trilnear filtering. Then we applied different IQ modes. 2X FSAA gave us what we wanted. Again if you like to play at higher resolutions (1280x1024) you should really play around with the game settings.

Next up is Battle Field 1942.


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