13. Colin McRae 05
Connect 3D X850XT PE - 13 - 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.
This is a really nice example of the CPU bound effect we get from time to time. No matter the resolution we chose, the framerate we got was exactly 99fps. Our Intel P4 running at 3.0GHz is unable to handle more.
Even with the highest quality settings, performance is still excellent but still stuck at 97fps. However, this is not the case with the X700 Pro and 6600GT. These two cards start dropping their performance gradually, whereas the X850 only drops by 22fps at 1600x1200. So the game is best enjoyed with the X850XT PE at: 1600x1200.