ATI All-In-Wonder 2006 PCI Express Edition Review :: Performance: DOOM III

01-01-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

There comes a point to where we need to make a change to our testing system and tests for video cards, and today is that time. While a 3.4GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition is a fine CPU by today's standards, few hardcore gamers will play on the Intel platform, preferring to use the AMD Athlon 64 platform. To that end, the new test platform consists of the fastest available AMD CPU today for the consumer market, the FX-57, 2GB of high speed DDR memory, 2 250GB hard disk drives in RAID 0, and a ASUS A8N-SLI Premium motherboard.

Our old test software was getting more than a little dated as well. Games like Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Final Fantasy XI, Gunmetal, are dated today. Benchmarks like Aquamark 3 are also getting dated. Today we're changing the tests to Call of Duty 2 from Activision, Quake4 from iD Software, Doom 3 from iD, Far Cry, F.E.A.R. and 3DMark03/05. This should give a fair cross-section of the latest games out there today. The combination of a good FX-57 CPU and the increase in resolution to 1600x1200, should give a better idea of where the cards are bottlenecked compare to the last test platform.


Test System

  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 CPU
  • 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR400 memory
  • 2 250GB WD Caviar SATA HDDs
  • Asus A8N-SLI Premium Motherboard
  • 560W PSU
  • BenQ DVD+/-RW 16x Dual Layer DVD-ROM

Test Software

  • Doom 3 Timedemo 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF 4x AA 16x AF
  • Quake 4 Custom demo 1024x768 32-bit, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • Far Cry 1024x768 32-bit, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • F.E.A.R. 1024x768 32-bit, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • COD2 Custom Timedemo 1024x768 32-bit, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 no AA no AF, 4x AA 16x AF
  • 3DMark05
  • 3DMark03

Doom 3