The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
No, Skyrim isn't the newest game at this point, but it's still one of the better looking PC games and remains very popular. It's also been a particular point of focus in driver optimizations, so we figured it would be a good fit to include here.
We did, however, decide to mix things up by moving to a new test area. Instead of running around in a town, we took to the open field, taking a walk across the countryside. This change of venue provides a more taxing workload than our older tests in Whiterun.
Note: do not aggro the giants.
This is one of the larger differences we've seen between Windows versions, and the 7950 definitely performs better in Win8. Notice, though, how much smoother the GTX 660 Ti's frame time plot looks compared to either Radeon plot. Let's zoom in for a closer look at a small slice of time.
For whatever reason, the 7950 doesn't handle this new test scenario where we walk through the countryside very well.
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