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.
None of the three cards faced a problem rendering Colin McRae's graphics. All framerates are above or close to 50fps which is a great average.
Enabling 4x Anti-Aliasing and 8x Anisotropic Filtering, although improving the game's image quality, cannot be handled by all of the cards. The Connect3D X800 still maintains its great performance, even up to 1600x1200 but the N6600GT and X700 Pro cannot cope with that and fall below 30fps.