Okay, let me help you out here. The reason why your card is able to play games like Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Two Worlds 2, but can't load up benchmark is because of the way the game is rendered.
NfS series games usually have a lot of pre-render calculations, and thus are more reliant on your processor, not your GPU. FFXIV has several post-render and batch-render capabilities, which are more GPU intense; this also happens to not be ATI's strong suit. The problem with the benchmark that you are encountering may be nothing more than a driver update that changed the way your card's GPU handles post-render and batch-render code. Keep in mind, the benchmark was made back in August-September, and hasn't really been updated to keep up with new drivers. If you really want to test your system before buying the game, try rolling back the drivers to before the benchmark came out. If the benchmark still won't run, you may want to try and get an error report and see what you can find from that.
While it is just $30 for the game, that is YOUR $30. If it were me, I'd make sure the game could run on my system first, and not risk the chance of getting a game that wouldn't.
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