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.
In this game, both the XL and 6800 Ultra are being limited by the CPU at 143 and 130 fps respectively. On the other hand, the N6600GT is disappointingly not even close to this limit, offering much lower performance once again. As we move to higher resolutions, the XL is still producing more frame rates than the other cards.
Even with the highest quality settings, the Connect3D X800XL still leads the race. The 6800 Ultra stands very close and both cards deliver more than enough frames per second, no matter the resolution.