XFX 9800 GTX Black Edition 512mb

Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions and is fast and furious, perfect for our test suite.

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The first of our real life benchmarks shows the 9800 GTX Black Edition give a small boost in numbers when playing games at 1920 x 1200, although not a noticeable difference in gameplay.

F.E.A.R. is a game based on the Lithtech Jupiter EX engine. It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects. F.E.A.R. is a little older game so the 9800 GTX should handle this well and look fantastic.

F.E.A.R. showed a huge improvement in FPS with the 9800 GTX. I’m not quite sure exactly why the difference was so marked but after several re-tests I confimed that the numbers are correct.

Bioshock is a game based on the Unreal Engine 3. It uses some DirectX10 features such as awesome water and smoke effects. The detail level in the game, combined with a frantic pace makes for an excellent benchmark. I’ve found Bioshock behaves strangely sometimes in benchmarks so it will be interesting to see how it does here.

Bioshock didn’t prove a massive boost in minimum or average FPS over the stock 9800 GTX, but the average FPS was a nice increase; although again I don’t think gameplay was different.