Big GPU-Shootout; Part III, PCIe 1.0 vs. PCIe 2.0
Call of Juarez
Call of Juarez is the first ever DX10 benchmark from Techland that was released in June 2007 as a fast-paced Wild West Epic Adventure Shooter. Call of Juarez is loosely based on Spaghetti Westerns that become popular in the early 1970s. Call of Juarez features it’s Chrome Engine using Shader Model 4 with DirectX 10, so the usage of Vista is mandatory. This benchmark isn’t built into Call of Juarez but is a stand-alone that runs a simple fly-through of a level that’s built to showcase the game’s new DX10 effects. It offers great repeatability and is a good stress test for DX10 features in today’s graphics cards although it is not quite the same as actual gameplay as the game logic and AI are stripped out of the demo. Still it is very useful in comparing video cards performance.
Performing Call of Juarez benchmark is easy as you are presented with a simple menu to choose resolution, anti-aliasing, and two choices of shadow quality options. We set the shadow quality on “high” and the shadow map resolution to its maximum, 2048×2048. At the end, the demo presents you with the minimum frame rate, maximum frame rate, and average frame rate, along with the option to quit or run the benchmark again. We always ran the benchmark at least a second time and recorded that generally higher score.
Call of Juarez DX10 benchmarks
Interesting. 280GTX shows mixed results on our motherboards. It shows more gain at the lower of the two resolutions we chose. Again, 4870-512MB shows little difference in either motherboard with the edge going to the X48. This time, the 512MB 4870 beats the 1GB version, consistently! 4870-X2 gains +7 FPS in the maximum frame rate at 1920×1200 while crossfireX-3 gains about +5 FPS with the PCIe 2.0 MB over the P35 1.0 spec. It is doubtful it makes a practical playable difference in the minimum frame rates, as we see 4870X2 only picking up a few tenths of a frame at 1920×1200, but crossfireX-3 gains more than +3 FPS – from 40>43.4. For 16×10 resolution, perhaps there is more reason to upgrade you P35 MB as we do see a bit more performance using X48 motherboard; but not for crossfireX-3 with 1.0 GB VRAM over 512 MB as the 2nd card in Call of Juarez.