Dear lord that’s a lot of snow


Dear lord that’s a lot of snow


It’s here! Today marks the release of the first real playable DX10 gaming software. Granted, it’s just a demo of the the upcoming PC port of X-Box 360’s Lost Planet, but it’s also a heavily modified port sporting fancy smancy DirectX 10 effects. Early adopters of nVidia’s 8800 DX10 video cards and Windows Vista finally have something other than tech demos to utilize their hefty investment. Life sure is looking grand!

Capcom was courteous enough to include a benchmark with the Lost Planet demo, which actually comes in two varieties – a DX9 vanilla version and suped-up DX10 counterpart. Both weigh in at around 350mb, so the DX10 demo here doesn’t seem to have the extra large textures promised in their original announcement. What it does feature, however, is full Shader 4.0 support and advanced geometry shader effects, as demonstrated by a massive serving of particles in the form of snowflakes.

Running the demo on an dual-core FX60 and 8800GTX with 2Gb of RAM, my system was only able to churn out framerates in the mid-teens with game settings maxed out at 1920x1200. A few screenshots from the benchmark are included below, including the images from the video settings menu to show in-game options. Note the red X-Box style “back” button on the bottom left hand corner of the menu – either someone forgot to swap out a menu graphic or Capcom really wants you to play the game with a gamepad.

Full resolution screens are linked as well, and I’ll be posting some DX9 comparisons shortly. Stay tuned!



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I'm getting 40 fps average at 1280x780.

This game looks great and is actually pretty fun. I like it. Most of the time it's very smooth. The motion blur really helps disguise any choppiness.

My rig is as follows:

AMD X2 5200+ Windsor at 2.92Ghz
DFI NF 590 SLI-M2R/G Motherboard
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
Antec 500W PowerSupply
2x 350gb SATA Seagate + Western Digital HD
eVGA 8800GTS 320mb SuperClocked



I have only tryed DX 9 and i get much better FPS at the locked game settings on my Core 2 e6600 then the AMD rigs. Now i do use all 4 banks to get my 2gigs of pc6400 which i have always thought was better in the long run then running 2 sticks in Dual Channel. I have seen no motion blur most speck of.
My rig is as fellows:
Intel Core 2 Duo e6600
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB
Leadtek PX8800 GTS TDH 320MB Extreme



For what it's worth. I just ran the demo at things set reasonably at 1280 x 760 (it wouldn't let me choose anything else.) I have an Athlon X2 3600+ OC'd to 2900 mhz (benches around FX 62 / C2D 6600 in Sandra) with 2 Gig DDR2 800 ram with an OC'd 8600GT. I was posting about 13 fps. I tried the game and it kicked me out saying that the performance wasn't good enough and to change some settings. I lowered everything and was only able to muster 29 fps.

With this rig, I'm getting around 70 fps constant in BF 2142 with everything maxed. It was a bit of a let down with Lost Planet. Hopefully there will be some code optimization in the game/ or drivers / or both.



Wow the 8800 gtx is choking on the DX10 games 6-15 frames per second? single 8800 GTXs have gotten better FPS in DX9. just goes to show you that a great DX9 pat won't be a great DX10 part.



This bench mark is far from the truth. No one in their right mind would try to play everything maxed out on just 1 card...You need SLI or Crossfire for that.



I have to agree with UnlnvlslblE, 1920x1200 should only be used with SLI.



And what about the new ATI HD 2900 XT i think this new direcxt 10 video and sound card will not have any problems to handle this game at high resolution with the settings all the up, i just want to plug this new ATI HD to my power reciever and have surround sound playing this game a la XBOX 360...........



How about a test with settings not maxed out or at a lower resolution? I could see if you tested with SLI at that resolution but this test is not realistic. Someone with 1x8800 would not be running at such a high resolution and expect good framerates. I'd like to see 1280x1024 / 1600x1200 with max settings / lowered settings; single card and SLI. Where is the sweet spot? How do the budget DX10 cards rack up? Is anything less than an 8800 GTX worthwhile?

I want to know how "good" these 8800 cards are in the real-world. Should we hold out for the next gen to get decent framerates or is it alright to pick them up now and expect 40+fps @ 1600x1200? It looks nice and all but I want some real data.

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