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MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GB Review

Last updated on September 22nd, 2010 at 12:10 pm

The makers of Metro 2033 – 4A Games was founded by people who split off from GSC Game World a year before the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, in particular Oles’ Shiskovtsov and Aleksandr Maksimchuk, the programmers who worked on the development of X-Ray engine used in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. The game utilizes multi-platform 4A Engine, running on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows. There is some contention regarding whether the engine is based on the pre-release X-Ray engine (as claimed by Sergiy Grygorovych, the founder of GSC Game World, as well as users who have seen the 4A Engine SDK screenshots, citing visual similarities, shared resources, and technical evaluation of the pre-release 4A Engine demo conducted at the request of GSC Game World), or whether the engine is an original development (as claimed by 4A Games and Oles’ Shiskovtsov in particular, who claims it would have been impractical to retrofit the X-ray engine with console support). 4A Engine features Nvidia PhysX support, enhanced AI, and a console SDK for Xbox 360. The PC version includes exclusive features such as DirectX 11 support and has been described as “a love letter to PC gamers” because of the developers’ choice to “make the PC version [especially] phenomenal”.

We tested at 1680×1050 with Quality settings to medium, DX11 enabled, no AA, Texture filtering to 16x, Tessellation enabled and Advanced DOF disabled.

The MSI Cyclone N450GTS delivers great results at our chosen settings delivering 32 fps avg and 26fps min. Both ATI cards struggle with the tessellation elements with the Vapor X stuttering at 21fps in a few sections. The HD5750 would need the resolution or IQ settings lowered.

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