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The venerable Falcon 4 has received a recent overhaul with the release of SuperPAK 4.1. Testing was conducted using SimHQ’s demo, a low level, air-to-ground dusk mission that consists of two Falcons using Mk20s and Mavericks. The outbound flight route takes the Falcons over the city and into a hot combat zone.

Falcon 4 SuperPAK 4.1

Again we see a fairly significant frame rate loss — in this case roughly 15% — between tested resolutions.

For the sake of consistency, Far Cry was tested with all graphical options placed at their highest settings. The Research map was used and testing consisted of playing completely through the map in God mode, using the same path for each resolution.

Far Cry

Even on the aging 9800 Pro and its 128 MB of on board memory, Far Cry still turns in very playable frame rates at 1024×768, though testing was conducted without anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled. A roughly 30% performance drop occurred between the two resolutions.

Call of Duty’s Dawnville demo was used to test this OpenGL title based on id Software’s Quake 3 engine. The included timedemo utility was used to record performance rather than Fraps, and the “com_maxfps” command was used to raise the default frame limit of 85.

Call of Duty

Quake 3-based games typically scale extremely well with faster processors, and while frame rates in excess of 100 are hardly worth complaining about it would appear that ATi’s OpenGL driver support is preventing the game from reaching scores closer to those generated by their competitor’s boards.

NASCAR Racing 2003 Season was tested using SimHQ’s crowded Daytona replay. The camera was fixed to Earnhardt’s cockpit for the view mode, and all graphical options were set to their highest.

NR2003

NR2003 appears somewhat CPU-limited, with a roughly 10% variation in frame rate within the range of tested resolutions. These scores, however, are still very high and show the horsepower of the 3800+.

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