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Game Bugs
September 2005

This section describes bugs we find in games we test graphics cards with. From February 2005 on we launched the bug archive and redesigned this section.

If you find any bugs or have any comments and worthy ideas regarding this section, please email Danil Gridasov.


  1. Testbed
  2. Graphics cards
  3. Drivers
  4. Actual bugs
  5. Bug Archive


Currently graphics cards are tested in the following testbeds:

  • AMD Athlon 64 3700+ (2.2GHz, 1MB L2)
  • EPoX 9NPA+ SLI (nForce 4 SLI chipset, PCI Express x16/x8+x8)
  • 1024MB PC3200

The software is Windows XPService Pack 2 (including updates) and DirectX 9c.

Until July 2005, the testbed has the following configuration:

  • Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz (800 MHz FSB, HT Enabled)
  • ASUS P4C800-E (Chipset i875P, AGP 8x)
  • 1024MB PC3200

Graphics cards

The following cards were used in making of this material:

Besides, the tests have also been run on:

  • ATI Radeon 9200 (Gigabyte Radeon 9200) (until 02.2005)
  • ATI Radeon 9600 (Sapphire Radeon 9600) (until 07.2005)
  • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Gigabyte RADEON 9800 PRO GV-R98P128D) (until 07.2005)
  • ATI Radeon X800 Pro (PowerColor RADEON X800 PRO LE) (until 07.2005)
  • NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4600 (NVIDIA Reference) (until 02.2005)
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Palit Daytona GeForce FX 5200) (until 02.2005)
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra (Albatron GeForce FX 5700 Ultra) (until 02.2005)
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 (ASUS V9950 128MB) (until 07.2005)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT (Prolink PixelView GeForce 6600GT AGP) (until 07.2005)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra (NVIDIA Reference) (until 07.2005)


In the past month we used the following drivers for testing the graphics cards:

ATI Catalyst 5.7 (8.152)

  • Official reference drivers from ATI.
  • Released on 14.07.2005.
  • Catalyst Control Center still doesn't live with Agnitum Outpost Pro 2.x (all versions). When it's not locked up, it works VERY slowly.

NVIDIA ForceWare 77.76

  • Official drivers from NVIDIA.
  • Released on 02.09.2005.
  • 78.01 drivers are the first official release to support GF6500. In other aspects it is similar to the previously released 77.76 official beta.

NVIDIA ForceWare 78.03

  • NVIDIA's official beta.
  • Released on 02.09.2005.
  • A bugfix release fixing GF7800 filtering quality problems and incorrect operation of application profiles.

NVIDIA ForceWare 81.84

  • NVIDIA's official beta.
  • Released on 04.10.2005.
  • The first official drivers of 8x.xx series offering SLI improvements, dual-core optimizations, etc. Also fixes filtering quality bugs like 78.03 does.

We run games on beta drivers just to please our interest. Bugs noticed on leaked drivers are not published in this section. But this is theoretically possible if a really interesting beta is leaked or it has been to long since the last official release.

Actual bugs

This section lists rendering or general gameplay bugs which are not fixed yet. These are checked for with every new drivers package and/or game version.

Beyond Good and Evil


Command & Conquer Generals

Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour



Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

Ground Control 2

Half-Life 2


Splinter Cell

Bug Archive

Here we keep a list of bugs fixed in the newer game and/or drivers package versions as well as permanent bugs which are seemingly not to be fixed.

Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The

Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour

Halo: Combat Evolved

Need for Speed Underground 2


Splinter Cell

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Danil Gridasov (degust@ixbt.com)
Andrey Vorobiev (anvakams@ixbt.com)

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