DOOM 3 Performance
DOOM 3 is a game that needs no introduction, and continues in a long line of id Software Quake and DOOM first-person shooters. This latest installment is one serious 3D game test, including some of the highest-end graphics yet seen on the PC. It is also a different type of game benchmark, especially compared to Quake 3, and it has an almost total reliance on the 3D video card for high-end framerate results. This limits its use in certain system or CPU testing, but makes DOOM 3 a very good 3D video card benchmark.
DOOM 3 is more of an old school graphics benchmark these days, and this is obvious in some of the results. The Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT 256MB powers by the GeForce 7600 GS 256MB, and posts scores on par with the Radeon X1650 XT 256MB. It still can't keep up with the big boys, but we never expected it to, especially with an older game like DOOM 3. The standard detail settings are also a potential issue, and it will be interesting to see if the Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT can make some gains in the next test.
DOOM 3 AA and AF Widescreen Performance
We do see some changes in the performance chart once we shift to the higher resolution widescreen settings and upgrade to 4X AA and 16X AF detail options. The most obvious is how much ground the Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT 256MB card has made up on the GeForce 7600 GT.
Quake 4 Performance
Quake 4 is the latest in 3D first-person shooters from id Software and Raven, and while the actual storyline is pretty standard fare and the game itself is based on the DOOM 3 engine, the graphics are exceptional and it is an improvement over previous games. The lighting and shadow effects are excellent, and the overall level design and architecture are a real treat. The overall load on the graphics card can be extreme, which is both a blessing and a curse, depending on the actual hardware you are testing. For this review, we've updated to the latest patch, and use a custom netdemo for testing.
We see some noticeable gains in the Quake 4 benchmarking, and now the Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT 256MB outperforms both the GeForce 7600 GS and Radeon X1650 XT 256MB cards, while still falling a bit short of the GeForce 7600 GT 256MB.
Quake 4 AA and AF Widescreen Performance
We don't see the same kind of performance upgrade as we did with DOOM 3, but the Gigabyte GeForce 8500 GT 256MB still closes the gap between it and some of the higher-end entry-level and mainstream cards.