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Written by Dimitar Dinchev a.k.a. Veseliq   
Friday, 29 February 2008
 

Page 8 - Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

Although Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is getting old, it is going to go down in history as the first DirectX 10 game ever. It was even even the standard game to go with the high class 8-th generation G80 core based NVIDIA cards - 8800 GTX, 8800 Ultra, 8800 GTS 320/640. Even though at the time of its release the DirectX 10 support was more or less only on paper. Yes, there was a huge difference in performance compared to DirectX 9 and in very precisely selected screenshots a difference in the shadows could be seen, but that was about all there was. Later after few updates the DirectX 10 shone, not only in effects, but as improved picture as whole. Another fact is that Lost Planet: EC is more of console game an as such has the strangest resolutions - definitely more suitable for a TV :)

This game had it bad for us! HD 3870 X2 was displaying horrendous artifacts before Catalyst A.I. was disabled. The next thing was our attempts to turn on Antialiasing for more intense testing for any of the AMD cards. The game simply threw an error at us, refusing to start again. We had to reinstall it and after another attempt it did the same thing. With NVIDIA card we ran the tests without AA and only then we go back to the HD 3800 series :)


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As you can see HD 3870 X2 is twice as bad as HD 3870 under these conditions. Ridiculously weak is the performance of the AMD cards in tis game compared to the NVIDIA ones. Certain amount of blame is to be laid on CAPCOM, the developers of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, for not trying hard enough on behalf of AMD cards, but there is no excuse for the feeble Catalyst drivers either, them tarnishing the X2 appearance. But with 9600 GT things follow logic - a tad under 8800 GT and a lot higher than 8800 GS and any of the AMD's.



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