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VGA performance: Anno 1404 - Dawn of Discovery (DX10)
Anno 1404 - Dawn of Discovery
So ever since the first Anno series was launched many years ago, I have been playing this excellent RTS ever since. Heck, I had a ton of fun with the original game series like Anno 1602 and 1701. If you're unfamiliar with the Anno series of games, they have all been (1404 is the 3rd sequel) colony-builders that take place in vast archipelagos filled with pirates, natives, treasures, and rival colonies. Typically, players start with a single ship packed with essential goods with which they colonize a single island, and then need to expand their realm.
With the same principles and philosophy yet more trading dynamics in-game, this series changed a little. Next to that the graphics engine had an overhaul allowing a DX10 code path, brushing up and speeding up things here and there while retaining really nice image quality.
So both the GeForce GTX 285 and 295 perform nearly 100% similar in Anno 1404. The game is set up with 4x AA and 8x AF by the way.
For the Radeon HD 4890 and 4870 X2, performance is also dead on in Windows 7 compared to Vista. Mind you guys that there will always be random fluctuations after a restart or whatever that can influence the performance a tiny bit. Benchmarking is not an exact science. So a 1 or 2 FPS offset is considered to be normal.
For both ATI and NVIDIA we again state that we did not have any issues stability wise on Windows 7.
In this article we'll look into single and Multi GPU performance of both NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards in relation to games. We compare performance in-between Windows Vista and the new Windows 7 final build. Have a look and see how incredibly close performance in-between the two platforms is.
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