Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Hitman: Blood Money
The ASUS EN7950GX2 doesn’t lose much of its speed on switching from the Quality mode (with optimizations) to the High Quality mode in which there are no optimizations. This dual-chip solution wins everywhere, although the Radeon X1950 XTX with its super-fast memory is very close to the leader in 1920x1200. This isn’t very interesting from a practical point of view because 1600x1200 pixels is the highest resolution you can play this game at comfortably.
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
The ASUS EN7950GX2 holds on to its top place, but not as confidently as in the Quality mode with enabled texture filtering optimizations. In 1920x1200 it is almost overtaken by the Radeon X1950 XTX that has the same number of pixel shader processors and a higher memory performance. The Radeon doesn’t slow down much from switching to the High Quality AF mode.
Tomb Raider: Legend
Our disabling the optimizations affects the speed of the GeForce 7960 GX2 as dramatically in this game as it did in Serious Sam 2 . The card could yield about 60fps in 1280x1024 before, even in the Next Generation Content mode, but now the average frame rate is about 50fps or 15% lower. As opposed to it, the Radeon X1950 XTX doesn’t slow down at all in its high-quality anisotropic filtering mode.
As before, the flagship solutions are both not strong enough to enable the gamer to play in resolutions above 1280x1024, and even in that resolution the speed may bottom out to below 25fps.