AMDZone have produced a nicely constructed article today as they compare the multiplayer performance of Quake 4 with an array of different video cards from both ATI and NVIDIA to see which is likely to give you the smoother ride. If you're a Quake nutter and are looking to upgrade your video card anytime soon, you'd be foolish not to check it out!
We have been Quake players since the first test came out, and it has been too long since Quake 3. While we have played just a few hours of Quake 4 multiplayer it is too early to comment on too much. While the DM17 conversion is not to our liking game play seems ok so far, but we have yet to get into a zone with the rail gun likely because our settings still need to be tweaked. While Quake 4 unlike Quake 3 includes a true single player experience today we focus on multiplayer performance. Our first tests were run on the following hardware.
For our testing we created our own demo which you can request. The demo is over an entire 16 player death match at over 5 minutes long, and the demos are very large in size at over 500MB. We used the default low, medium, and high settings to show performance with the X850XT PE.