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ASUS ARES 4GB Limited Edition Graphics Card Review

ASUS ARES 4GB Limited Edition Graphics Card Review

ASUS ARES 4GB Graphics Card Review

Napoleon: Total War – DirectX 9

Napoleon Total War offers a few significant technical/graphical improvements over Empire. There is better multi-core support which improves performance and the variation of soldiers and naval rigging onscreen. Additionally the new unit rendering system offers a greater variety of units, giving us up to 64 per unit compared to 4 in previous games. Particle effects are also enhanced with 5x the number of particles in any given effect compared to the last Total War game and post processing is used more effectively for climate, season and weather effects.

It doesn’t stop there though, Creative Assembly have added subtle lens flare and camera vignette to the battlefield lighting model and re-implemented SSAO to work as a light attenuator rather than a full screen effect. Finally there are enhancements such as weather dependant particle effects (mist/fog, dust and leaves) as well as parallax-mapped high detail terrain and heat hazes as required.

Testing was performed at 2560×1600 with 2x anti-aliasing, 16x anisotropic filtering and maximum in-game settings.

Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results

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In our final gaming test of this review we play through a section of Napoleon: Total War and once again the benefits of the ARES over the reference 5970 are noticeable. Performance on the 5970 is less than ideal, with stuttery framerates and an undesirable gameplay experience. The GTX 480s offer the best performance but the ARES is still more than capable of providing smooth framerates in this demanding game engine thanks to the extra 2GB of memory and core speed increase over the standard dual GPU Radeon model.

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Stuart Davidson

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