Darkest of Days Performance Testing Reviewccokeman - September 20, 2009
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What would testing be if you did not show both sides of the fence? In this test, Physx was set to Low, while leaving the remaining settings intact. You have seen time and again where the ATI cards suffer when Physx is enabled. Mirrors Edge and Cryostasis are two prime examples. Darkest of Days is no different. What happens in this test shows that, although the game can be played by cards from the red team, the video effects and quality are diminished.
- 4x Anti-Aliasing
- 16x Anisotrophic Filtering
- Physx: Low
- Ambient Occlusion: On
- Quality: High
- Reolution: 1280x1024 - 2560x1600
Higher is Better
What you can see based on the results in these graphs is that when the Physx effects are set to the lowest level, the performance from ATI's cards is almost identical to the competing Nvidia cards. However, the GTX 285 finally pulls away from the HD4890 at the top end. The point of showing these numbers is to show that yes, the game is playable with non Physx-enabled cards. When playing through the game without the Physx effects after playing with them enabled, it leaves a somewhat less than satisfied taste in your mouth. In this series of testing, you can see that a Crossfire profile is not ready for this game, as the dual-GPUs perform at a level less than the single-GPU HD4890. On the other hand, the GTX 295 just flies through this game, showing that Nvidia has the SLI profile in place and working.