|GIGABYTE GeForce GT-240 HDMI Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 05 January 2010|
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Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Ubisoft has developed Far Cry 2 as a sequel to the original, but with a very different approach to game play and story line. Far Cry 2 features a vast world built on Ubisoft's new game engine called Dunia, meaning "world", "earth" or "living" in Farsi. The setting in Far Cry 2 takes place on a fictional Central African landscape, set to a modern day timeline.
The Dunia engine was built specifically for Far Cry 2, by Ubisoft Montreal development team. It delivers realistic semi-destructible environments, special effects such as dynamic fire propagation and storms, real-time night-and-day sun light and moon light cycles, dynamic music system, and non-scripted enemy A.I actions.
The Dunia game engine takes advantage of multi-core processors as well as multiple processors and supports DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. Only 2 or 3 percent of the original CryEngine code is re-used, according to Michiel Verheijdt, Senior Product Manager for Ubisoft Netherlands. Additionally, the engine is less hardware-demanding than CryEngine 2, the engine used in Crysis.
However, it should be noted that Crysis delivers greater character and object texture detail, as well as more destructible elements within the environment; for example, trees breaking into many smaller pieces and buildings breaking down to their component panels. Far Cry 2 also supports the amBX technology from Philips. With the proper hardware, this adds effects like vibrations, ambient colored lights, and fans that generate wind effects.
There is a benchmark tool in the PC version of Far Cry 2, which offers an excellent array of settings for performance testing. For these cards, Benchmark Reviews used the medium performance setting for DirectX 10 tests, with 1680x1050 and 1280x1024 resolutions. Render Quality was set to 'Optimal' (which was "high" for these cards), 4x anti-aliasing was applied, and HDR and Bloom were enabled. We used the "Ranch Small" time demo (which yields the lowest frame rates of the tests available) for this benchmark.
Although the Dunia engine in Far Cry 2 is slightly less demanding than CryEngine 2 engine in Crysis, the strain appears to be extremely close. The frame rates we see here are close to what we saw in the Crysis: Warhead benchmark, with performance up about 10% overall for most of the cards...except for the GIGABYTE GT240, the only card in the group whose frame rates are significantly lower in this test. This is odd since the frame rates of the architecturally-similar GTS 250 went up.