|Intel DH67BL H67-Express Motherboard|
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|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Sunday, 02 January 2011|
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Far Cry 2 Benchmark Results
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 Farci. 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. Benchmark Reviews used the minimum settings allowed for our tests, with the resolution set to 1280x1024. The performance settings were all set to ‘Medium' or 'High' (whichever was the lowest possible), Render Quality was set to the lowest overall quality level, no anti-aliasing was applied, and HDR and Bloom were disabled. Of course DX10 was used exclusively for this series of tests.
Since the new Intel HD Graphics don't support DX11, we had to test with all DX10 benchmarks. The Far Cry 2 benchmarks are no different than the other gaming benchmarks we have seen up until now. The 2nd Generation of Intel HD Graphics still can't perform on par with the Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics solution. The FPS of the Intel HD Graphics is more than doubled by the HD 4290 and more than tripled by the GT 430.