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Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - GPU benchmarks

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter offers the gameplay of 2001 in combination with the graphics of 2010. PC Games Hardware tests the performance of seven up-to-date graphics cards.
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter
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Sam Serious Stone, Croatian counterpart to Duke Nukem, is once again blasting through masses of enemies and locations. The new thing delivered by Serious Sam HD: The graphics. A higher number of polygons and a lot of pixel shading give the old school gameplay the look of the 21st century. PC Games Hardware takes a look at the performance requirements of the Serious Engine 3.

Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Graphics card benchmarks
For our graphics card benchmarks we test a scene in the Valley of the Jaguar, where you get a high draw distance and masses of opponents pressing in from all sides. The particle effects caused by explosions, fire and all the enemies are primarily stressing the GPU.

In this little shootout we compare the Radeon HD 4870 and the Geforce GTX 260-216 with their faster siblings. Nvidia's GTX 480 and AMD's HD 5870 top of the field of competitors.

The engine offers integrated Supersampling which can be downsampled to the actually screen resolution via different filters. We use this nice feature for an extreme test at 1920 x 1200 pixels with 4x MSAA, 16:1 AF and 1.5 x 1.5 Supersampling Anti-Aliasing (the result is almost equal to 2.25 x 2.25 OGSSAA). With this setting not only the pure calculating power of the GPU is important but also the amount of video memory of the graphics card. Our second test at 1680 x 1050 with 4x MSAA and 16:1 AF represents one of the most frequently used gaming settings.

As expected Nvidia's GTX 480 is in front, but in the Supersamling test the Radeon HD 5870 is not affected as much by the extreme settings and gets quite close to Nvidia's new card. The GTX 470 can beat the Radeon HD 5850 but can't keep the pace of the HD 5870. In the mainstream area you get familiar results: AMD's Radeon HD 4870/1G is on the same level as the Geforce GTX 260-216.

You miss a certain graphics card? The Radeon HD 4890 is about 10 percent faster than the 4870/1G, while the newer HD 5770/1G sits right between them. Nvidia's GTX 275 and GTX 280 reach framerates slightly below the GTX 285.

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Author: Raffael Vötter (Apr 29, 2010)


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Kapral.Hicks Re: Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - GPU benchmarks
Junior Member
16.05.2010 15:19
Lately I have played first part of this remake and mostly on high/Very high settings and with 80-140 FPS on Avarage (45 minimal) at 1680x1050 2AA (without AA fps goes even to 180 very often) + 16AF on 8800Ultra 768MB. Only with ultra max settings I was geeting very poor FPS (30-50) and what is more I could barery notice any changes in graphics, if any. "First Encounter HD" was realesed not so long time ago and looks pretty the same as second encounter (judging from the screens) so requirements should be similar. In my opinion game graphics tests should focus more on useful settings rather on ULTRA (only 5-10% of people play games like that)
Sheena Re: Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - GPU benchmarks
Junior Member
05.05.2010 06:29
I've to agree with chockimon. Graphics in this game are AWFUL compared to what we're used to see these days. Even the fastest cards out there get a minimum framerate in the low 30s, pathetic. :/ Seriously, im not joking , graphics in this game are not better than Doom 3.
chockimon Re: Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - GPU benchmarks
Junior Member
30.04.2010 23:18
Wow this game doesn't half **** on the ATI 4870/GTX260. Obviously a badly optimized rush job, just to make a quick buck. It hardly looks any different to the original.

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