Club3D X850 XT
12. Thief 3
Club3D X850 XT - 12 - Thief 3
Instead of Deus Ex from now on we'll be testing our cards using Thief 3. It's based on the same engine but it’s much less GPU intensive and playable by more VGA cards than Deus.
The game makes severe use of Pixel Shader 1.1 instructions, the bloom effect and stencil shadows to achieve a wonderful result in your screen.
In the game you play the part of Master Thief Garrett who is back to rule out any evil forces using his unique stealth abilities. Deadly Shadows shows what stealth gameplay is all about. This game really gives you the feel of sneaking around and holding your breath when stuck in a sticky situation.
Since there is no official benchmark for the game, we’ll do our tests using a GPU intensive scene from the tutorial-level which we believe that represents the average fps you'll get when playing the game.
With the first three resolutions, both X850's are bound by the CPU to 54 frames per second. From that point on, the X850 XT from Club3D is just a breath away from the PE, while the 6600GT miserably fails to deliver even half the framerates of the other two cards.
The situation remains the same with Multisampling set to 4x and Anisotropic Filtering at 8x. Note that at the highest resolutions, the ATi cards are at over triple the performance of the 6600GT.