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Project: Snowblind

This cyberpunk shooter has a strong resemblance to Deus Ex in the plot and style. Unfortunately, it was ported from the PlayStation 2 console, so you won’t find high-resolution textures here (well, this defect is well masked with an abundance of shader-based special effects). Project Snowblind is a typical representative of its genre, with rich character upgrade opportunities but also with a rather dull “kill ‘em all” gameplay.

SLI technology isn’t compatible with this game: the performance of a SLI configuration is the same as the performance of a single card. The GeForce 7800 GTX holds firmly its first place – the pixel shader-heavy game is a natural playground for the G70 chip with its 24 improved pixel pipelines. GeForce 6800 Ultra also looks very nice, despite its slower speed than that of the RADEON X850 XT/XT Platinum Edition. Graphics cards based on NVIDIA chips lose their battle only in the low-end category where the RADEON X700 beats the GeForce 6600 due to the difference in their operational frequencies. Note also how the GeForce 6800 loses the first two resolutions to the RADEON X800 XL, but overtakes it in 1600x1200.

Using such effects as Bloom, the game can still work correctly in FSAA modes. The RADEON X850 family do better in this test, getting very close to the GeForce 7800 GTX – the gap is no more than 6-8fps, the absolute frame rates being about 50-60fps. So, ATI RADEON cards once again confirm their efficiency under high graphics memory loads, i.e. in high resolutions with enabled full-screen antialiasing.

 
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