Video Card: All In Wonder 9700 Pro Review :: Morrowind

01-03-2003 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

As a pack-in game, I felt Morrowind was important to include in this review. Morrowind is the third game in the Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games. Other games in the series included :Elder Scrolls Arena, Dagerfall, Battlespire, Redguard and Morrowind. In this game you can take on the role of a fighter, mage , battlemage, and other types of character. In fact , the possibilities are near endless as you can customize your characters to your liking.

Playing Morrowind on the AIW Radeon 9700 Pro is a great experience. While other videocards may chug along at 10-15 fps intown, the 9700 Pro consistently maintains a 20-25 fps framerate in the same area. As this is an RPG and not a FPS, this framerate is acceptable. Further, the game is fully playable up to and including 1280x960 6x FSAA and 16x anisotropic filtering.

The graphics in Morrowind, on a card that supports the features are amazing The water with pixel shaders enabled , is simply breathtaking. Crystal clear water that looks better , by far , than any other current game. The developers used pixel shaders to deform the water when raindrops hit, another look of the water is given at night. It's really not my intention to give game reviews in a videocard review , but if you haven't picked it up yet, Morrowind is simply breathtaking . In the screenshots , I've included one of the pixel shaded/non pixel shaded water. Of course if you buy the AIW 9700 Pro, Morrowind is part of the bundle.

Morrowind's system requirements are:Windows 98/ME 128MB of RAM, XP/2000 256MB of RAM (Windows NT not supported) 800MHz Intel Pentium III, Celeron or AMD Athlon processors, 8x CD/DVD-ROM drive, 1GB free hard disk space, DirectX 8.1 , 32MB Direct3D Compatible video card (Geforce2 GTS or ATI Radeon 7500 or faster recommended).