Test System Setup
Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz Extreme Edition
Motherboard(s): Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal
Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingmax DDR2 667MHz
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512MB
Hard Disk(s): 4 x Hitachi 80GB SATA2 in RAID 0
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1
Drivers: ATI Catalyst 6.3 and DX9c
We have not reduced the in game image sizes so you can see all the detail possible. The enlarged images come in at 450k - 500k. If you are a 56k dial-up user, you may want to be a little patient.
Getting the exact same screenshot is extremely difficulty especially since the only save feature available in GRAW (Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter) is the auto save one meaning you can't pick the exact same position each time.
The issue of frame rate dropping has been discussed over multiple forums. While we cannot say 100% what driver they were using, the 25th of April 2006 driver we installed didn't find any major frame drops. The graphics card does have to render more with the PhysX card installed but it didn't put us in the position where we had to turn down features to get the same smooth feeling style of game play.
Comparing through Imagery
Please note: the top shot is without the AGEIA PhysX card and the bottom is with.
Our first comparison shot is one of the worst due to the timing being out the most between the two images. With that said though you can clearly see the excessive debris flying through the air. We are referring to the smaller pieces though, the first image you can still see the box exploding behind the smoke.
The second shot with the PhysX card installed shows one of the best in game real world explosions ever. While the picture doesn't do the card justice, the first images feels very flat when you're playing. The second explosion felt much more immersive - the explosion with the PhysX card installed looked and felt like you think an explosion of this calibre should be.