BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB

Written by Tim Smalley

January 30, 2009 | 12:19

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Far Cry 2

Publisher: Ubisoft

Far Cry 2 is the latest first person shooter from Ubisoft and it's one of the most hotly-anticipated games of this year. While it continues the Far Cry franchise that Crytek started in 2004, Far Cry 2 is built on its own in-house engine and has no association to anything Crytek has worked on or is working on now.

The game uses DirectX 10.1 to improve anti-aliasing performance and quality. The improvements are made by reading the multisampled depth buffer in a single pass - something that was only introduced officially with DirectX 10.1. However, Ubisoft has also made the enhancements available to Nvidia hardware as well through a DirectX 10 extension.

We used the game's built-in benchmarking tool to measure performance in DirectX 10/10.1 mode - this provided a pretty accurate rundown of how various graphics cards perform and it shows off a lot of the game's special effects. We set every option to its maximum setting and tested at 1,680 x 1,050, 1,920 x 1,200 and 2,560 x 1,600 with various anti-aliasing settings.

Anisotropic filtering is controlled by the game's quality settings and forcing AF from the driver control panel does not have any effect on visual quality or performance.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB Far Cry 2 - DirectX 10/10.1

Far Cry 2

1,680 x 1,050 0xAA, DirectX 10/10.1, Ultra High Quality

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB SLI
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB CrossFire
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB SLI
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB
  • Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
  • BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 285 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    • 92.8
    • 58.0
    • 90.8
    • 71.0
    • 90.6
    • 59.0
    • 83.4
    • 65.0
    • 80.9
    • 61.0
    • 73.2
    • 52.0
    • 57.7
    • 43.0
    • 56.9
    • 44.0
    • 55.0
    • 40.0
    • 51.1
    • 39.0
    • 49.8
    • 39.0
    • 46.5
    • 35.0
    • 44.8
    • 36.0
0
25
50
75
100
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Far Cry 2

1,680 x 1,050 4xAA, DirectX 10/10.1, Ultra High Quality

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB SLI
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB CrossFire
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB SLI
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
  • Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
  • BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 285 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    • 82.7
    • 66.0
    • 74.0
    • 52.0
    • 73.8
    • 56.0
    • 73.6
    • 59.0
    • 67.1
    • 53.0
    • 57.1
    • 46.0
    • 51.2
    • 40.0
    • 50.4
    • 39.0
    • 48.7
    • 38.0
    • 45.0
    • 34.0
    • 40.5
    • 31.0
    • 39.3
    • 30.0
    • 30.6
    • 25.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Far Cry 2

1,920 x 1,200 0xAA, DirectX 10/10.1, Ultra High Quality

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB SLI
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB CrossFire
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB SLI
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB
  • Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
  • BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 285 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB
    • 86.0
    • 58.0
    • 83.7
    • 65.0
    • 83.5
    • 57.0
    • 75.2
    • 59.0
    • 75.2
    • 58.0
    • 72.5
    • 54.0
    • 53.4
    • 41.0
    • 52.6
    • 39.0
    • 50.8
    • 39.0
    • 49.3
    • 40.0
    • 47.1
    • 36.0
    • 43.7
    • 35.0
    • 42.5
    • 32.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Far Cry 2

1,920 x 1,200 4xAA, DirectX 10/10.1, Ultra High Quality

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB SLI
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB SLI
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB CrossFire
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
  • Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
  • BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 285 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    • 74.7
    • 58.0
    • 67.1
    • 50.0
    • 66.9
    • 54.0
    • 65.2
    • 50.0
    • 63.4
    • 51.0
    • 54.2
    • 43.0
    • 46.5
    • 36.0
    • 45.8
    • 36.0
    • 44.0
    • 34.0
    • 40.8
    • 32.0
    • 37.2
    • 29.0
    • 36.2
    • 29.0
    • 27.8
    • 21.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Far Cry 2

2,560 x 1,600 0xAA, DirectX 10/10.1, Ultra High Quality

  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB CrossFire
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB SLI
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB SLI
  • Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
  • BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 285 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    • 68.5
    • 53.0
    • 65.2
    • 54.0
    • 64.7
    • 53.0
    • 58.5
    • 45.0
    • 56.9
    • 42.0
    • 53.4
    • 42.0
    • 42.5
    • 32.0
    • 42.1
    • 33.0
    • 40.5
    • 32.0
    • 36.9
    • 28.0
    • 35.9
    • 28.0
    • 32.8
    • 25.0
    • 25.9
    • 21.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Far Cry 2

2,560 x 1,600 2xAA, DirectX 10/10.1, Ultra High Quality

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB SLI
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB CrossFire
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB SLI
  • Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
  • BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 285 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    • 62.7
    • 48.0
    • 57.2
    • 46.0
    • 54.6
    • 44.0
    • 53.8
    • 40.0
    • 53.5
    • 39.0
    • 44.6
    • 35.0
    • 39.3
    • 30.0
    • 38.9
    • 31.0
    • 37.2
    • 30.0
    • 34.1
    • 27.0
    • 30.7
    • 26.0
    • 30.0
    • 23.0
    • 21.0
    • 15.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Far Cry 2

2,560 x 1,600 4xAA, DirectX 10/10.1, Ultra High Quality

  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB SLI
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1,792MB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB SLI
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB CrossFire
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB
  • BFG Tech GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 285 1GB AMP!
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1GB
  • Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 260-216 896MB
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    • 57.2
    • 43.0
    • 45.8
    • 27.0
    • 43.5
    • 31.0
    • 43.3
    • 30.0
    • 41.4
    • 29.0
    • 35.8
    • 28.0
    • 35.4
    • 30.0
    • 33.9
    • 27.0
    • 31.1
    • 24.0
    • 29.3
    • 22.0
    • 25.4
    • 19.0
    • 25.3
    • 18.0
    • 8.0
    • 5.0
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
Frames Per Second
  • Average
  • Minimum

Again, the BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCX is incrementally faster than the reference and Zotac AMP! Edition GTX 285 cards, which means that it's again slower than the Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB at almost every setting tested. The only resolution/setting where the GTX 285 is faster is right up at 2,560 x 1,600 4xAA, as it's as if the 4850 X2 runs out of memory bandwidth.
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