Ati's Radeon HD 5870 delivers enough power to display old games at an up to now unknown quality. PC Games Hardware shows many more screenshots with 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling Anti Aliasing.
Gothic 8x SGSSAA 8 [Source: view picture gallery]
After Max Payne 2, Bioshock (DX9), Fear, Serious Sam 2 and Flatout: Ultimate Carnage
we today present Gothic 1 and 2, Call of Duty including add-on and Call of Duty 2 in maximum quality. One of the features offered by the Radeon HD 5000 series is the ability to display eightfold Sparse Grid Supersampling Anti Aliasing
. This kind of edge smoothing is the best which is currently delivered by modern graphics cards: The whole frame, including the textures and pixel shader effects is smoothed - in contrast to "normal” Multisampling Anti Aliasing where only the polygon edges are dealt with. PC Games Hardware used a HD 5870
to check the mode in several games. Of course we had 8x SGSSAA active all the time and used an appropriate Texture LOD of -2 (for best texture sharpness). Radeon HD 5870: 8x SGSSAA in action
As owner of a Radeon HD 5000 you best use the spare performance if you activate the mentioned Anti Aliasing in the Catalyst control Center. At 1680 x 1050 pixels - which is one of the most popular resolutions for gaming - all the titles are running smoothly. The Gothic series even runs smoothly at 2048 x 1536 pixels including 8x SGSSAA as long as the CPU does not slow down. Also the good quality of Call of Duty 2 is remarkable.
The screenshots in our gallery demonstrate the excellent quality of this AA mode. What do you think about this feature? Tell us in the comments.