If you are looking to upgrade your video card, there are so many options available. We are going to take a look at one of BFG Tech’s top PCI-E cards, the 6800 GT OC. How did it make out in our tests? Is the card worth it, with the next gen on the way?
Half-Life 2 is no doubt one of the most popular FPS games ever, and sets a great base for benchmarking. To benchmark the game, I recorded two separate demos for playback, Canals and C17.
Again, I have benchmarked using 1024 * 768, with maxed settings, except for AA and AF, which were both left at zero. 1280 * 1024 was more stressing, with max settings again, and 4x AA and 16xAF.
Canals is a great level especially for benchmarking, because there is a lot of graphical goodness to take in. The demo begins at your boat, and then make your way to the building, through it, and then ends as the screenshot shows above.
Another great level is C17. In this demo, you get assistance from your robot friend to defeat some opponents. There is a lot of reflective areas here, flames and automobile throwing.
The lowest we managed to get was 35FPS in C17. This is a fantastic result though, considering there is 4xAA and 16xAF enabled. In each test at 1280 * 1024, the average stuck around 60+FPS.. incredibly smooth.