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Mainstream/Entry-Level

It is the GeForce 7600 GS, whose only difference from the GeForce 7600 GT is lower clock rates, that has the best results among entry-level graphics cards. The Radeon X1600 XT with much higher GPU and memory frequencies has only 4 TMUs and 4 ROPs and proves to be slower than the GeForce 7600 GS as the result. And even this 7600 GS cannot provide an average frame rate of 50fps in any of the games included into this review in the “pure speed” mode under the conditions of our today’s test session (i.e. in resolutions above 1024x768 and at the maximum graphics quality settings).

It’s quite clear that entry-level graphics cards do not suit for serious gaming. If you are a gamer, we do recommend you to think about purchasing a product from the performance-mainstream or higher category. And if you want to have the highest possible image quality and a comfortable speed, you can’t do without a high-end or even a premium-class solution.

 
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