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PREY DEMO BENCHMARKING

"Prey Demo Benchmarking using ATI Radeon X850 Pro and MSI GeForce 6600 GT. Each video card has been tested at 4 resolutions and quality settings. We have also created a tweaking chart showing the performance hit of shadows, specular, bump maps, use glow and high partical count."

PREY

"Prey tells the story of Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic stuck on a reservation going nowhere. His life changes when another-worldly crisis forces him to awaken spiritual powers from his long-forgotten birthright. Abducted along with his people to a menacing alien mother ship orbiting Earth, he sets out to save himself, his girlfriend and eventually his planet. In Prey, gamers enter an unpredictable world where nothing can be taken for granted."

"Prey is a first-person shooter in which players enter a living spaceship which enslaves alien races and devours humans for lunch. Built on a heavily modded version of the Doom 3 engine, features include wall walking, gravity flipping, and intense single- and multi-player gameplay."

PREY DEMO FEATURES:-

"Unique gameplay elements, such as gravity flipping, wall-walking and deathwalk, create an incredibly original first-person shooter experience."

"Portal technology allows enemies to appear out of thin air, creating new and completely original puzzles and gameplay techniques."

"Highly organic, living environment that is an enemy to the player."

"In single-player mode, spirit hawk allows you to decipher the spaceship's alien language and find advantages in battle."

"Built on an enhanced Doom 3 engine, the most impressive 3D engine used in a released game."

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
VIDEO CARD ATI RADEON X850 PRO
MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v6.6
NVIDIA DRIVER NVIDIA FORCEWARE v91.31
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0C

PREY TWEAKING

LOWER IS BETTER

SHADOWS

SHADOWS-12%
SHADOWS-11%

HIGH QUALITY SPECULAR

HIGH QUALITY SPECULAR-12%
HIGH QUALITY SPECULAR-9%

SHARPER BUMP MAPS

SHARPER BUMP MAPS-10%
SHARPER BUMP MAPS-8%

USE GLOW

USE GLOW-19%
USE GLOW-9%

HIGH PARTICLE DETAIL

HIGH PARTICLE DETAIL-39%
HIGH PARTICLE DETAIL-25%

HIGH QUALITY SKINNING

HIGH QUALITY SKINNING-2%
HIGH QUALITY SKINNING-1%

8x IMAGE ANISOTROPY

8x ANISOTROPY-8%
8x ANISOTROPY-3%

2x ANTI-ALIASING

2x ANTI-ALIASING-17%
2x ANTI-ALIASING-9%

4x ANTI-ALIASING

4x ANTI-ALIASING-41%
4x ANTI-ALIASING-17%

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT ATI RADEON X850 PRO

COMMENT "Before we jump into the benchmark results we have tested each of the settings to find out which will effect performance and image quality. Performance hit under 15% is fairly minor so shadows, specular, bump maps, high quality skinning and 8x Anisotropy can be enabled without a big performance hit. The settings you might want to disable to increase performance are use glow, high particle detail, 2x and 4x Anti-Aliasing. These performance hit results should just be used as a general guide because different video cards could produce different results. The ATI x850 Pro suffers a similar performance hit to the GeForce 6600 GT when using shadows and high quality skinning. However the ATI x850 Pro delivers much less of a performance hit compared to the GeForce 6600 GT when high quality specular, use glow, high particle detail and anti-aliasing are enabled."

PREY GEFORCE 6600 GT BENCHMARKS

LOW QUALITY

800x600128
1024x768107
1280x102476
1600x120056

MEDIUM QUALITY

800x600102
1024x76878
1280x102454
1600x120039

HIGH QUALITY

800x60063
1024x76847
1280x102432
1600x120024

800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200

COMMENT " MSI GeForce 6600 GT runs Prey much better than expected for such a recent game. We start this benchmark using low quality settings, all of the advanced 1 and advanced 2 settings have been disabled. Using these ugly low quality settings MSI GeForce 6600 GT is playable at all of the resolutions tested. The medium quality settings make Prey look much better. Medium quality has shadows, specular, bump maps, high quality specular and sharper bump maps with only the advanced 2 settings disabled, this time MSI GeForce 6600 GT is playable upto 1280x1024. High Quality settings including advanced 2 effects like use glow, high particle detail, high quality skinning and 8x anisotropy have reduced the performance of MSI GeForce 6600 GT even further and this time MSI GeForce 6600 GT is only playable upto 1024x768."

PREY RADEON X850 PRO
BENCHMARKS

LOW QUALITY

800x600133
1024x768105
1280x102471
1600x120051

MEDIUM QUALITY

800x600112
1024x76886
1280x102456
1600x120040

HIGH QUALITY

800x60079
1024x76860
1280x102441
1600x120030

800x600 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200

COMMENT "The ATI x850 Pro will run Prey without too many problems even when you consider that Prey is using the Doom engine which usually favours Nvidia video cards and not ATI. When running with low quality settings the ATI x850 Pro is perfectly playable but we wouldn't recommend this setting because it does spoil enjoyment of the game. Although the performance of the ATI x850 Pro does suffer when using medium quality settings it is playable at all resolutions tested although we would advise the use of 1280x1024 when using medium quality settings for best gameplay. The ATI x850 Pro takes a further performance hit when using high quality settings but once again the ATI x850 Pro is playable at all of the resolutions tested."

FINAL PREY RESULT

1024x768

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT47
ATI RADEON X850 PRO60

1280x1024

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT32
ATI RADEON X850 PRO41

1600x1200

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT24
ATI RADEON X850 PRO30

MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT ATI RADEON X850 PRO

COMMENT "The ATI x850 Pro beats the GeForce 6600 GT by approx 22% when using high quality settings, however it was a much closer result than I had expected. Prey is a fun game with excellent graphics and gameplay to match. Everyone at Ultimatehardware.net can't wait to play the full game of Prey because we think it's going to be fantastic!"

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