Resident Evil 5: Demo Performance Analyzed

Image Quality: DirectX 9 Versus DirectX 10

Let's have a closer look at performance differences between the DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 render paths using a GeForce GTX 260 and a Radeon HD 4870:

The Radeon HD 4870 is able to match the GeForce GTX 260's performance using the DirectX 9 render path, but when the DirectX 10 render path is used, the Radeon is crippled and the GeForce keeps on truckin'.

What exactly is DirectX 10 doing that is eating up all of those processing resources on the Radeons and not on the GeForce cards? Let's look at some image comparisons to see what's going on:

As far as we can tell, not a heck of a lot. This is unexpected because of the substantial performance hit that the DirectX 10 render path imposes on Radeon cards, which is very strange and puzzling.

Intrigued by these results, we asked a Capcom representative to connect us with the game's programmers to find out exactly what kind of extra processing was going on under DirectX 10, and what we should look for in order to qualify it. It took the firm a little while to get an answer for us due to some translation issues, but it responded with the following note:

"Sorry, but the response from the team is not very exciting: simple answer for both, [no] new content, or shaders, [or] effects added to Direct[X] 10.

Benefits for the DirectX 10 users: nothing special, no enhancement.

I can tell you that Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision LCD glasses require DX10, so there's a definite need to be on Vista in order to see the incredible 3D effects in action."

This explains a lot, actually: we're not seeing any difference between the DirectX 9 and 10 screenshots because there's no difference to see.

With this in mind, there's certainly no reason for anyone to play this game in DirectX 10 mode, except for GeForce owners who are using Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision LCD glasses.

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  • gkay09
    Does this imply that game developers in general dint even utilize the full potential of DirectX 9 and jumped on DirextX 10 bandwagon and now to DirextX 11?
  • renz496
    i've tried the benchmark before. the dx 10 produce slightly better frame rate than dx9. this game have better performance in dx 10 compared to dx 9 in my machine
  • yellosnowman
    Am I going blind or is there no HD4890
    or is this just a quick benchmark before the HD5*** series
  • mitch074
    @yellosnowman: there is a 4890, but it's been downclocked to 4870 levels (read the article) to be used as reference for Radeon performances (tests on Radeon wasn't too extensive, as the benchmark is optimized for Nvidia hardware). And yes, with HD 5xxx almost there, doing complete benchmarks here is pretty much useless: the game is playable with everything at full on a Radeon HD 4770 up to Full HD quality.
  • Spathi
    Can you test it on Larrabee plz, ty
  • voltagetoe
    Gkay09, Direct X 10 was a failure because Vista was a failure. DX 9 has been thoroughly utilized - there has been no other choice.
  • juliom
    On the variable benchmark @ 1680 x 1050 2x AA my Phenom II x4 955 and Radeon 4870 pulls and average of 80 fps in directx 9. I'm happy and have the game pre-ordered on Steam :)
  • amnotanoobie
    voltagetoeGkay09, Direct X 10 was a failure because Vista was a failure. DX 9 has been thoroughly utilized - there has been no other choice.

    Wasn't it more of because the mainstream DX10 cards (8600GT and 2600XT) didn't really perform well, and even some were beaten by previous generation cards. As such, pushing the detail level higher might mean fewer sales as fewer people had the cards to play the games at decent levels (8800GTS 320MB/640MB or 2900XT).
  • HTDuro
    DX10 isnt really a failure .. if programmer take time to really work on DX10 optimisation .. more on SM4.0. remember Assassins creed? ubisoft take time to work on SM4.0 and the game work better in D10 than 9 ... higher framerate with better shadow
  • pirateboy
    looks like yet another boring shooter mainly targeted at console users.
    RE5 = FAIL
  • dangerous_23
    anyone got a download link for the demo?
  • antemon
    4650 + dual core = medium settings?

    good enough for me...
  • nforce4max
    spathiCan you test it on Larrabee plz, ty

    Larrabee is like a smart and honest politician both are mythological.
  • worst review ever.
  • Worst review ever.
  • wh3resmycar
    ^ worst brain ever?
  • blackened144
    At least it should be a better port than RE4. When it loaded up it wanted me to hit "Start" to load the game, then the red "A" to play. My keyboard doesnt have a "Start" button or a red "A". Useless without a controller.
  • San Pedro
    Very interesting that Capcom told the site that there is no graphical difference between DX 9 and 10. I'll know which I'll be using with my ATI card.
  • gxpbecker
    Nice a game and performance review in one, I like.
    Is it just me or is this kinda hinting at software trying to catch up to hardware (the ever existing cycle). :) kinda funny since the 5xxx and 3xx are just around the corner.
  • Andraxxus
    It looks good on both DX9 and DX10 and the specs are not high.
  • Onus
    Nice review. I was glad to see the focus wasn't on latest and greatest. It looks like my HD4850 has quite a bit of life left in it.
  • bounty
    There's a lesson to be learned here: Console ports are like zombies sucking the life out of PC gamming graphics.
  • megamanx00
    Hmm... I'm definitely gonna have to try this in DX9 mode. I don't know if it will make a difference though as my Athlon 5000 @3.2Ghz seems to be holding my dual 3850s back. Still, I plan to plug in a Phenom II soon so.....
  • Assmar
    You guys are located in Bakersfield? I want a job!