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Doom3 As a Video Card Benchmark

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Doom3Ever since Doom3 made it to the store shelves, I’ve used it as a test platform.  The opening sequence gives you some idea of how well the operating system, video driver, and video card handle a rather resource intensive game.  I also test with Half Life 2.  I tested the HP nc8000 when we got them.  The Mobile Radeon 9600 does a decent enough job to play the game at a good screen resolution with full shading and such.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T60 and my Dell Latitude D820 also do a great job.  However, installs are a pain in the rear.  What is up with the DVD drives that come in laptops these days?  I had problems with the Doom 3 Disk 2 in both the T60 and D820.  Have the laptop makers cut corners and the drives aren’t up to spec or what?  I ended up installing from my external Sony DRX-710UL.

Anyway, time to dig around on the Doom3 sites and see how to use wide screen formats for the game.  If someone has a link to a FAQ on the subject, let me know.  I’d love to save some time.  Also, if you have any other recommended config file settings, let me know about those, too.  It’s been so long since I tweaked my home gaming machine, I forgot which settings I tweaked for screen tearing and better fluid movement.  Thanks.

 

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  • We're in the middle of our transition from nc8000s to nx6125s.  The graphics card in the nx6125 is an x300, but the video memory is shared.  Considering I ordered these machines with 1 GB of RAM, I'm not too concerned - especially since we have a WIDE variety of users.

    Of the more demanding set of users are the Architecture and Design students.  They run AutoCAD and other drafting programs.  Big pluses for the 15 screen and the high resolution, but even these machines start having a problem when they start rendering 3D structures.

    On a personal note, I just installed Vista Beta 2 on my "server".  (It's good to have 2 HDD!)  So far I love it, but I'm rather disappointed it gave the machine a performance rating of 2.  I'm convinced it's the graphics card - an MSI GeForce 6200 with 64 MB of VRAM - and the beta nVidia drivers.  Aside from a couple of occasional pauses (drivers again), I'm zooming...just don't ask me to load up a serious game.  That's reserved for my Dell XPS Gen 3!

  • My hot-dog gaming machine (Via Icebox) can't seem to get anything above a 2 either.  Mostly having to do with there being no Vista drivers for the embedded 3d video card.  It's hot in XP (will run Enemy Territory at 1024x768 at about 120fps) but no OpenGL drivers in Vista.  Sigh...