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Gainward GeForce PowerPack! Ultra/650-8X XP “Golden Sample” - Page 16 Of 17

Image Quality - NFS: HP2

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (Max settings, 1024x768 / 32bit)

Performance - Balanced
NoAA-NoAF / NoAA-8AF


2AA-NoAF / 2AA-2AF

2AA-4AF / 2AA-8AF


4AA-NoAF / 4AA-2AF


4AA-4AF / 4AA-8AF

Performance - Aggressive
NoAA-NoAF / NoAA-8AF

2AA-NoAF / 2AA-2AF

2AA-4AF / 2AA-8AF

4AA-NoAF / 4AA-2AF


4AA-4AF / 4AA-8AF

Regardless my earlier gripes, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 is a great racing game (though it gets boring after a while) with good graphics and outdoor environment. During our image quality experiments, we have tested the game at max settings (performance tests were done with medium settings). I wasn't very fond with how NFS applied different Image Enhancing Modes. I'm hoping it's a game-related problem. If you look at the following comparisons, you'll notice not much of a difference especially when applying Anisotropic filtering. Let that be at level 2 or 8, it doesn't seem to affect the quality, although the performance decreases by quite a few frames.

Take a look at the Antialiasing modes, it's hard to notice a difference between NoAA and 2xAA The difference is more visible in the game itself. Sometimes screenshots do not provide for 100% of details. Now when we enabled 4X Antialiasing things changed drasticly, so did the performance heh. FPS dropped by nearly 100%. The game was not playable at all. The average FPS was ~15 (But dang! It looked good!).

Despite the above issues, overall image quality was pretty good (even in Aggressive Mode). I haven't noticed any texture/screen curruptions when using Detonator 42.86 driver set. The biggest difference in level 2 Antialiasing mode will be the NoAA-NoAF / NoAA-8AF which gives a good IQ with acceptable performance.


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