|FARCRY 1.2 PATCH|
As you can see the Shader Model 3 path has a much bigger effect on the Geforce 6800 Ultra than the GT. We can assume from this that the lower clock speeds of the GT are causing a performance bottleneck which does not affect the Ultra. Shader Model 3 also allows the 6800 GT to compete well against the X800 pro when games are at high res with AA/AF.
So that’s what you can expect performance wise from the 6800 series and X800 pro when playing Farcry 1.2, but what about IQ?
The most disappointing thing about the 6800 at launch was, for me, the image quality issues in FarCry. Things like flashing textures and blocky floor detail. Thankfully with patch 1.2 these issues have been resolved and the IQ on the 6800 series is top notch.
Here are a couple of examples of the Geforce 6800 Ultra IQ at 1600x1200 with noAA or AF:
There was one IQ issue noticed in testing that occurred regardless of the card used, the following flower texture was always showing as a white object.
So, the 6800 has received an excellent increase in IQ, what about the Radeon? Well all is not rosy in the ATI garden. Things have gone from pretty much spot on in patch 1.1 to, well lets be honest, awful in 1.2. There are texture issues on every level which involves an outdoor section and these issues are far worse than anything we saw on the 6800 with previous game versions. The point of whether this affects performance is moot due to the fact that if you have a Radeon you won’t want to play with version 1.2 at all. To better illustrate the issues here are a few screenies, again at 1600x1200 with no aa or af (these texture issues flicker in and out).
Here are a selection of Radeon images without issue to compare to the 6800 images:
As for the IQ issues, its always disappointing to see small bugs like the white flower issue slip through the net however it is, in reality, not that big an issue. The fact that the patch completely kills the Radeon rendering is however a complete disgrace. How Crytek/Ubisoft can let this level of quality out of the door without being fixed by them or a driver is beyond me. I dread to think the number of their customers that this patch will cause issues for.
Therefore, if you’ve got a 6800 series card don’t hesitate to install the patch, it will greatly improve your Farcry experience. If you’re a Radeon X800 user keep well away and stick with patch 1.1.
We have been in discussions with ATI/Crytek today over the issues we discovered with Radeon X800 rendering as detailed in the above article. Crytek have confirmed that the FarCry 1.2 build released today will no longer have these issues and that X800 IQ will be just as good in Patch 1.2 as it was in 1.1.