Albatron PX865PE-PROII

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Page 10 - Splinter Cell Performance

Splinter CellNew in our Benchmark suite is the very popular game Splinter Cell. Making a believable world for a spy to play in is quite a daunting tateaser-splintercell.jpgsk, but the levels are varied, filled with appropriate objects, and designed so that you usually dont have to choose between too many paths. It wouldve been great if you couldve had several points of entrance and that way get a lot more replay-value. Sam and the rest of the characters do look terrific, with high polygon models and both crisp and appropriate looking textures. What really separates Splinter Cell from most recent action games is the use of shadows. Splinter Cell uses the Unreal engine, which weve seen in several great looking games the past months, but UbiSoft also added improved lighting. By using real-time cast shadows, lightmaps, etc, this title gives you some of the best looking shadows to date.

In response to the growing use of sophisticated digital encryption to conceal potential threats to the national security of the United States, the NSA (National Security Agency) has ushered forth a new dawn of intelligence-gathering techniques. This top-secret initiative is dubbed Third Echelon. Denied to exist by the U.S. government, Third Echelon deploys elite intelligence-gathering units consisting of a lone field operative supported by a remote team. Like a sliver of glass, a Splinter Cell is small, sharp, and nearly invisible.

You have the right to spy, steal, destroy and assassinate, to ensure that American freedoms are protected. If captured, the U.S. government will disavow any knowledge of your existence.

You are Sam Fisher.

You are a Splinter Cell.

Splinter Cell is a DirectX 8/9 title and can handle Pixel Shaders if your card supports it. The downside of this nice piece of software is that it has different modes for different classes of hardware. We designed a configuration that is nearly the same for all graphics cards, however any low-end graphics card that does not support Pixel Shaders will reproduce a slightly different score. Secondly Splinter Cell has two shadowing techniques, Projector and Buffer mode. We force Projector mode in high detail on all graphics cards. Again, graphics cards without shader capabilities will run into a problem as they do not support it.

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ASUS A7N8X w/ 3200+ 53 50 45 37 32
Albatron 865PE Pro 2 w/ 2.4 46 43 34 30
Albatron 865PE Pro 2 w 2.8 51 47 39 34

We very recently started using this benchmark, so not much results just yet. What we are showing here are is the outcome of an Athlon XP 3200+ measured with the help of a Dual Channel ASUS A7N8x configuration towards the PX865PEP PROII on 2.4 and 2.8 GHz. Again as you can see the 2.8 GHz configuration passes the Athlon XP 3200+ with ease while rated much slower. We also did this exact same test with Serious Sam, let's go to the next page.


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