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Far Cry 2 Hardware Performance Review

by FiXT     |     November 21, 2008

Setup

Ubisoft had the incredible foresight to include a tremendous benchmarking tool in their game. In fact, it is arguably one of the best of any game benchmarks to date. Aside from a few missing features it allows for full queuing of multiple runs and outputs the numbers in an easy to use and store HTML page… with graphs! (Even so, this review is still a little behind schedule ;) )

While they do include a few different time demos and real playbacks with the tool, we opted to create our own demo which followed the character through a maze of homes, clearing everything in his path and making sure to destroy and burn most everything that could be. After dozens of retakes – we had yet to discover a god mode – the sequence came together in what was felt, accurately reflected the frames that can expected when playing the game.

During our testing, a patch was released that included a benchmark catering to CPU benchmarks. The action packed real play demo stresses the processors quite heavily by utilization of many of the Dunia engine’s CPU intensive features. As such we opted to adjust our testing for the CPU and Memory portion of the review to show greater scalability between the hardware.

* Note - As you will see in the review, most of our images and charts have been coupled together in order to save scrolling and space. Please be sure to check at the bottom of images and charts to hit the appropriate links to change images *

Hardware:

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.00GHz 1333FSB
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz 1333FSB
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53GHz 1066FSB
Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 2.5GHz 800FSB
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 3.2GHz
AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4GHz
AMD Phenom X4 9850 2.5GHz

Video Card:
ATI Radeon HD4870X2 2GB
ATI Radeon HD4870 512MB
ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB
ATI Radeon HD4830 512MB
ATI Radeon HD4650 512MB

nVidia GeForce GTX280 1GB
nVidia GeForce GTX 260 896MB
nVidia GeForce 9800GX2 1GB
nVidia GeForce 8800GTX 768MB
nVidia GeForce 9800GTX 512MB
nVidia GeForce 8800GT 512MB
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS 512MB

Other:
Asus Maximus Formula X38 LGA775 Motherboard
EVGA Nforce 790I Ultra LGA775 Motherboard
Asus M3A78-T 790GX AM2+ Motherboard
OCZ Reaper 2x2GB DDR2 1066 PC2-8500 Ram
Corsair XMS3 2X2GB DDR3-1333
Corsair TX750 750W Power Supply
Western Digital SE16 320GB Hard Drive
Samsung 224T 24inch 1920X1200 Monitor

OS, Drivers and Software:
Windows Vista Ultimate x64 w/ SP1
nVidia GeForce Forceware 180.43
ATI Catalyst 8.10 w/ ATI Hotfix
Far Cry 2 v1.0.1


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