14. Colin McRae 05
For all you racing fans out there, this test is for you and will represent the Racing game category in our benchmarks.
From the graphics point of view the first thing you'll notice in the game is the excellent amount detail of your racing car. High resolution textures on the car and lighting make it quite impressive. All the eye candy such as the sun reflection in the virtual camera are still the same as the older CM versions but motion blur has been added when your card hits something hard which will happen most often if you're new to the racing simulation world.
To measure performance on the game we used fraps to get the average fps of the whole 8th stage of UK which is actually the only stage you get to play on the demo.
ATI cards tend to report good results with Colin McRae. At low resolutions, the ATI card and the 6600GT-SLI reported similar results, but at higher resolutions, the X850XT was better. On the other hand, the 6800Ultra-SLI system was again above 100fps at all resolutions we tested.
By enabling AA and AF to increase image quality, the difference between the ATI card and the 6800Ultra-SLI is not that significant at high resolutions.