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.
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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.