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Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters

Battlefield 2

Our using new texture filtering settings doesn’t bring any changes into the ranks: the ASUS EN7950GX2 is 15-20% faster than the Radeon X1950 XTX. The latter has one GPU and only 16 texture-mapping units (TMUs), but provides a higher image quality by using a more advanced anisotropic filtering algorithm. These cards both deliver an average performance of over 100fps, so there’s no practical worth in Nvidia’s lead. It is comfortable to play the game on either of the cards.

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty is a heavier application for the graphics subsystem than the previous test. Top-end single-chip solutions can only approach a comfortable level of performance in resolutions of 1280x1024 and lower if we use FSAA and anisotropic filtering. The dual-chip EN7950GX2, however, feels confident in 1600x1200 even if you enable the highest-quality texture filtering available on the GeForce 7 architecture.

 
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