Gigabyte X800 Pro Review :: Gameplay

06-23-2004 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

I decided to take a few games for a test drive on the X800 Pro. Performance by itself is only part of the story. After all, a benchmark can be optimized for. Besides I buy a video card to play games on, not to see how dizzingly fast the card runs through a preset group of benchmarks. In any event here's a list of relatively current games and how they play on the X800 Pro from Gigabyte.

While there has been some recent controversy on ATI's trilinear filtering, I feel that the image quality given by their "optimization" is at worst equal to NVIDIA's implementation and at best better. In this circumstance, the trilinear filtering is more than acceptable. The only issue I have is that ATI didn't disclose this at launch. Had they done so, it would have been rightfully praised instead of made a big deal out of.

Halo played on the X800 Pro great! FSAA (Full Scene Anti Aliasing) does not work on this game, so I played the game at 1280x1024 32bit Pixel Shader 2.0 settings and 16x AF. The game was virtually fully playable at least through the first two levels (when on the spaceship (the introduction) and the first area of the planet. At no point was the frame rate unplayable even with multiple enemies all across the screen.

Far Cry played BEAUTIFULLY on the X800 Pro. Playing the first 3 missions showed little problem with the X800 Pro. All through the missions the game didn't slow down even at maximum settings and the highest resolution that my LCD monitor supports (1280x1024). If you need a card for this game I would strongly suggest the X800 Pro or equivalent performing card.

Call Of Duty is another recent game that I'm currently playing. In this game you take the role of either the Axis, the Allies or the Russians to try and meet objectives. On the X800 Pro 1280x1024 32 bit 6x AA and 16x AF was nearly fully playable. The X800 Pro plays the game better than any card I've tried including on a 6800GT that I briefly played on a test system that I'll be talking more about soon.


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