Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast

Jedi Knight 2 is the perfect example of why we have continued to use Quake III Arena in our benchmarks for so long. The game is based on the Quake III Arena engine but receives updated graphics, shader programs and a unique gameplay perspective to fit with the Star Wars theme. The game has built in timedemo functionality and comes with a demo, to run the demo you simply bring down the console (by hitting shift and tilde ~ at the same time) and type in the following:

devmap ffa_bespin
timedemo 1
disconnect
demo jk2ffa

After the demo is complete you can use the page up key to scroll up through the console text to find the average frame rate. We tested with the game's High Quality defaults.

Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
800x600x32
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500LE 128MB

ATI Radeon 8500 64MB

ATI Radeon 7500 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 64MB

105.4

105.4

105.3

103.9

103.7

99.3

96.9

96.2

85.3

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0
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21
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42
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63
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84
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105
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126

You'll notice that at 800x600 we are clearly CPU limited, almost all of the contenders are performing alike.

Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
1024x768x32
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500LE 128MB

ATI Radeon 8500 64MB

ATI Radeon 7500 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 64MB

105.1

105.0

105.0

103.9

101.9

99.8

97.3

83.8

57.0

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0
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21
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42
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63
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84
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105
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126

Even at 1024x768 it takes the Radeon 7500 and the GeForce2 MX 400 to really provide any separation among the cards.

Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
1280x1024x32
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB

ATI Radeon 8500LE 128MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 64MB

ATI Radeon 8500 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 64MB

ATI Radeon 7500 64MB

NVIDIA GeForce2 MX 400 64MB

103.5

99.8

98.4

93.3

91.6

90.0

77.6

65.6

35.5

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0
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21
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41
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62
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83
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104
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124

Finally at 1280x1024 things get a little more interesting but it's clear that Jedi Knight 2 is far from GPU limited, let's have a look at the CPU scaling graphs to see exactly what's going on.

CPU Scaling under Serious Sam 2 CPU Scaling under Jedi Knight 2

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