ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review :: Gaming on the Asus 8800 GTX

11-09-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

I decided to do a little something different on this review that I likely won't have the time to do with other video card reviews. Normally, I discuss the playable settings of a few modern games. With the 8800GTX I decided to take it a step further. Image quality is important to me, more so than pure performance for performance sake. With the new quality AA and AF modes on the 8800GTX, I decided to discuss the best resolution that 16xQ AA+16X AF+Transparency Multisample AA was playable at on 4 relatively modern games, all using Pixel Shader 2.0 effects or better.

The first game I tried on the 8800GTX was Oblivion. As you know Oblivion was one of the best looking games to come out this year. Oblivion uses Pixel and Vertex Shaders throughout the game and makes liberal use of HDR as well. The problem with the 79xx and earlier NVIDIA hardware was that you could not play the game with HDR+AA enabled at the same time.

The image quality with 16xQ AA+16x AF is amazing. You can see in the below screenshots the axe. Having the AA off shows the axe to have jagged edges. With HDR off and AA on, the sky is darkened. When Blooming is enabled the sky is very bright. HDR on and AA on shows the axe to have smooth edges instead of jaggies and the sky is natural looking. The game was playable up to 1280x1024 with 16xQ AA and 16x AF. This is the game to play on the 8800GTX. 2048x1536 was playable with CSAA.

Far Cry is an older game which was released in 2004. Far Cry was the first game to support a limited form of HDR rendering. Crytek, the developers of Far Cry are working on a new game called Crysis. Far Cry played extremely well on the 8800GTX, with 16x AA and 16x AF completely playable throughout the range of resolutions that my monitor supports. 16xQ and 16x AF was playable up to 1600x1200, the resolution I mostly game at.

Tomb Raider Legend is the latest of the Tomb Raider games developed by EIDOS games. The first Tomb Raider game was introduced for the PSX many moons ago. It was one of the first really great 3D games using graphics that looked amazing for the time. The latest iteration of Tomb Raider continues that trend, using Pixel Shader 3.0 and Vertex Shader 3.0 effects with the Enhanced Content option checked. Battlefield 2 is the latest game in the highly successful team strategy game Battlefield series. This game is basically a multiplayer first person shooter ala Unreal Tournament. The single player experience is a combination of the multiplayer game and bots. The game uses Pixel and Vertex Shaders throughout. This game looks and plays amazing, even though it's a bit long in the tooth now. The game plays well all the way through with 16x AA and 16x AF. 1280x1024 16xQ and 16x AF is playable.


Game screenshots


ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review


ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review


ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review


ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review