Serious Sam 2: The Second Encounter

The publicly available Serious Sam 2 demo was used for this test. We ran the Extreme Quality add-on to override any autodetected graphics settings, then set our resolution and disabled anisotropic filtering for the benchmarks. We picked the first demo as our benchmark level of choice. We recorded the average frame rate without excessive peaks.

Serious Sam 2: The Second Encounter
800x600x32
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500LE 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460 64MB

ATI Radeon 7500 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 64MB

125.7

101.9

91.2

89.0

87.3

73.9

68.0

58.9

32.1

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0
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25
|
50
|
75
|
101
|
126
|
151

In the past ATI has had some serious (no pun intended) issues with performance under Serious Sam 2 but it seems like the latest drivers fix that quite well. While the Ti 4200 still commands the significant lead, it's the battle occuring below it that is interesting. The original 64MB Radeon 8500 continues to offer no real performance improvement over the newer, cheaper, Radeon 8500LE 128MB leaving both of them approximately on par with the GeForce3 Ti 200.

The GeForce4 MX line is better positioned against the Radeon 7500 here as the MX 460 holds an 8% advantage while the MX 440 is at a 13% disadvantage compared to ATI's DX7 part.

Serious Sam 2: The Second Encounter
1024x768x32
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500LE 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 64MB

ATI Radeon 7500 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 64MB

87.5

69.2

66.4

64.4

61.0

52.0

50.5

38.1

20.6

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0
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18
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35
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53
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70
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88
|
105

As we expected when we first heard of the card, the Ti 4200 continues to do very well especially as the resolution increases. The two 8500 cards manage to move up a bit in the charts as well and the MX line is driven to the bottom three positions.

When compared to the GeForce2 MX 400 the GeForce4 MX is clearly a success, it's the pressure from ATI and bad naming on NVIDIA's part that made the GeForce4 MX less of a success and more of a disappointment. Luckily for NVIDIA, the Ti 4200 more than makes up for it.

Serious Sam 2: The Second Encounter
1280x1024x32
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500LE 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 64MB

ATI Radeon 7500 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 64MB

57.4

43.6

43.0

42.8

37.9

34.0

33.2

24.3

12.1

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0
|
11
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23
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34
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46
|
57
|
69

Once again, not much changes as we round out the benchmarks at 1280x1024. Let's see how these cards scale in Serious Sam 2.

CPU Scaling under Unreal Performance Test 2002 CPU Scaling under Serious Sam 2

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