System Setup and NotesGraphics Cards
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra, NV45, 256MB, PEG16X, 450/1100
ATI Radeon X800 XT, R423, 256MB, PEG16X, 520/1040
ASUS P5AD2 Premium Mainboard, LGA775, Intel i925X, PEG16X, DDR-II
Micron DDR-II 533MHz, 2 x 512MB
Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz Extreme Edition, LGA775
Western Digital Raptor 36GB SATA
Windows XP Professional w/ SP1
NVIDIA Detonator 61.45
ATI CATALYST 4.6
DirectX 9.0c from Windows SP2 build 2126, DX9 build 4.09.0000.0904
NotesA fresh install of XP with SP1 was installed on the Raptor attached to the P5AD2. The latest Intel platform drivers were installed for the Alderwood chipset and the NVIDIA graphics drivers were installed following that. DirectX 9.0c, as extracted from a recent SP2 build, was then installed. Far Cry was then installed and tested with patch 1.1, then patch 1.2.
The system was then formatted and reinstalled the same way, using the ATI driver for the X800 XT instead. Testing was carried out identically for both graphics cards.
HEXUS' custom Far Cry benchmark was used for testing (using the Research level) and our own custom scripts were used to automate testing.