Half-Life 2: Episode Two
It is odd we can see no performance gain from the higher GPU and memory frequencies in Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
This game belonging to the first-person shooter genre, the EN9600GT Top 512MB offers enough speed in the lowest display mode only. On the other hand, the card is again comparable to the GeForce 8800 GT and leaves the Radeon HD 3870 based solutions far behind.
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.
This game is still a problem for graphics cards with ATI’s chips. The ASUS is close behind the GeForce 8800 GT while being about two times as fast as the Radeon HD 3870. The 10% performance growth due to the factory overclocking helps the EN9600GT Top 512MB ensure smooth gameplay thanks to the high minimum of speed.