Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
This game doesn’t support display resolutions of 16:10 format, so we use a resolution of 1920x1440 pixels (4:3 format) instead of 1920x1200 for it.
Working almost at the same frequencies as the reference GeForce 8800 GTS, the ECS card delivers the same performance in Battlefield 2142, which is not a heavy application. Both cards can be used to play at resolutions up to 1920x1200 and are likely to provide a high speed even at 2560x1600 notwithstanding the enabled FSAA.
BioShock doesn’t support FSAA when running in Windows Vista’s DirectX 10 environment. That’s why we benchmarked the cards without FSAA.
The game engine creates advanced special effects, so there is a gap between the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB and the ECS N8800GT-512MX DT. It is no bigger than 6% at high resolutions, though. At 1280x1024 there is no difference between the two cards at all. The cooler of the ECS card can work in passive mode, but the reference cooler of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is almost silent, too. So, the retail price is the decisive factor when it comes to choosing between these two graphics cards.