Integrated Graphics: Xpress 200 vs. GMA 950by Derek Wilson on May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST
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Far Cry 1.3 PerformanceUnlike the last time that we tested Far Cry with Intel graphics, we were greeted with the visual quality that we expected to see. This is due to the driver revisions that Intel has made over the course of time. Of course, that doesn’t mean performance is any good. With the lowest quality settings, Far Cry is barely playable at the lowest resolutions on the GMA 950. ATI’s Xpress 200 is able to pump out enough performance to play the game, but to run at over 20fps, lower quality settings must be enabled. Most of the appeal of Far Cry is, of course, its visual impact. Games like these really need to do more than simply run on integrated hardware.