PowerColor X800 Pro Video Card ReviewFormer staff writer - July 14, 2004
Benchmark: Battlefield VietnamBattlefield 1942 took the FPS genre to a whole new level. With the game’s detail, historical accuracy, vehicles, and focus on team play, it couldn’t get much better. Soon the great game would be followed up with two expansion packs and a modding community that rivals that of the ancient Half-Life. Mods like Desert Combat, Eve of Destruction, and Galactic Conquest took BF1942 to Operation Desert Storm, Vietnam, and even to a galaxy far, far away. Now EA and Digital Illusions take us to another battlefield, Vietnam. It’s not another expansion for BF1942, it’s a whole new game with several updates based on their experience with the ever-so-popular Battlefield 1942. We ran Battlefield Vietnam in 1024x768, 1280x960, and 1600x1200 resolutions while having Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic filtering both on & off. Each graph below represents one of the three resolutions that we tested the game in. Also note the "AA" beside the names of the cards. This represents that Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filter was turned on for the test. We set Anti-Aliasing to 4x and Anisotropic Filtering to 8x during these tests. Instead of running a looped demo or a standard recorded demo, I made my own timed demo.
The X800 Pro totally blew the 9800 XT away in the Battlefield Vietnam benchmark! I think the graphs speaks for themselves, as the X800 Pro took a 60-70 frame rate lead in the 1024x768 test. It took a 30-40 FPS lead in the other resolutions, except the 1600x1200 non AA/AF test.