Fallout 3 is an action role-playing game set in a post-apocalyptic United States in the year 2277. The game basically uses the same engine as The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Fallout 3 Settings
The results displayed here are from a fixed walkthgough of the outdoor area immediately after exiting the vault, walking by the school and ending at the lake. I've included two results, the "default" settings from the XFX GeForce 260 GTX as determined by Fallout 3's auto-setup.
The auto-setup suggested 1680x1050 with 4x aa and 8 sample anisotropic filtering, however I think the card can handle much more. The second run was recorded at 1920x1200 with 4x AA and 15 sample anisotropic filtering with the settings max'ed out, as listed in fallout setting above after the '/'.
Fallout 3 Results
While the minimum frame rate obtained was only 30 fps, the average frame rate at 1920x1200 with all the image quality settings enabled was only 5 fps slower than the suggested settings. This is the setting I've been playing with so far and I haven't experienced any issues with it so far.
FAR CRY 2
Far Cry 2
Set in a new location, with new characters, and a brand new graphics engine, Far Cry 2 is the sequel which probably has the least similarities with its predecessor in recent memory.
Far Cry 2 Settings
Far Cry 2 includes a benchmarking utility. The results are from four iterations of the "Ranch Long" timedemo with Ultra settings.
Far Cry 2 Results
With all the recently released gaming goodness available right before the holidays, I haven't had a chance to play Far Cry 2 yet. I have seen that the actual in-game performance is much higher than the canned benchmark results available using the benchmark utility, which are displayed here.