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Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The Albatron card behaves like in the previous test but owners of large-screen monitors (23 inches or larger) may find overclocking very helpful if they achieve the same frequency growth as we did with our sample of the card. Working at 760MHz (GPU) and 2200MHz (memory) frequencies, this card can almost make it to 60fps, which is the average frame rate you need in order to play a first-person shooter comfortably.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

The game doesn’t support FSAA when you enable the dynamic lighting model, but loses much of its visual appeal with the static model. This is the reason why we benchmarked the cards in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. using anisotropic filtering only.

The overclocked frequencies seem to give the Albatron card no edge against the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX, yet its minimum speed has got much higher, making the gameplay more enjoyable. Particularly, it means a higher accuracy of aiming, which is quite an important thingyou’re your survival in the harsh environment of the Chernobyl zone.

Unreal Tournament 3

Forcing FSAA from the graphics card’s driver doesn’t produce any effect as yet. That’s why the game is tested with anisotropic filtering only.

This game having mild system requirements, there is not much sense in overclocking the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB even though the performance gain is quite high, about 12% at 1920x1200. At the lower resolutions the card just hits against the performance ceiling set by our testbed configuration.

 
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