Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Dark Void PhysX Gameplay Performance and IQ

Dark Void was recently released with some neat PhysX effects. We’ll explore gameplay performance and show you what PhysX support will do for you in this game with plenty of screenshots and performance comparisons.

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Highest Playable Settings - 1920x1200

1920x1200 has always been a far more reasonable resolution for your average gamer to shoot for. Not only are the video cards required to drive such a monitor at high settings in modern games more affordable, but the displays themselves are far less expensive. A 30" LCD running at 2560x1600 will still cost you at least $1000, while a 24" LCD running at 1920x1200 can be had easily for under $300.

Not only that, but 1920x1200 is quite close to the 1080p HDTV standard. So gamers with Home Theater PCs and gamers using HDTVs as primary displays on standard PCs can rely on 1920x1200 to give them an accurate impression of how a video card will perform at 1080p. In general, performance should be slightly higher in 1080p than at 1920x1200, due to the 120 fewer scan lines in that standard.


Performance

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At 1920x1200, both the GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 275 were able to use Medium PhysX, just like they were at 2560x1600, but also 2X AA, which was not possible at 2560x1600. The performance difference between them was about 10%, favoring the GeForce GTX 285. The Radeon HD 5850 again delivered astronomical framerates, this time not dipping below 80 FPS. But since it does not support PhysX, and it can’t do anti-aliasing in this title yet, it could not improve upon the experience delivered by the GeForce GTX 285 and the GTX 275.


Mainstream

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The GeForce GTS 250 was not powerful enough to give us higher settings at 1920x1200 than at 2560x1600. We tried enabling 2X AA, and we tried bumping the PhysX setting up to Medium, but both changes resulted in unacceptable performance penalties. It is definitely NOT the case that the GeForce GTS 250 is not faster at 1920x1200 than at 2560x1600. The problem here is that the two options we have for improving our experience, AA and PhysX, both hurt our performance profile too much.

Once again, the Radeon HD 5770 and HD 5750 put in great performances with very high framerates. But with neither PhysX support nor AA support in this game, they simply have nowhere to go.


Life at 1920x1200

For Dark Void At 1920x1200, the GeForce GTX 275 proved to be the best value in the Performance class, while the GeForce GTS 250 was the best product in the Mainstream.