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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

The frame rate is fixed at 30fps in this game as this is the rate at which all events are synchronized during networked play. We disabled this limit in the game console for the sake of comparing the cards. The game’s built-in benchmarking options do not provide information about the bottom speed, so there is no such info in the diagrams.

There is hardly any difference between the GeForce GTX 200 series cards in this test. When overclocked, the EVGA card is as fast as the GeForce GTX 280 and even ahead of the latter at 2560x1600. The frame rate is always higher than necessary for playing this game.

Far Cry 2

The original EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked is somewhat slower than the GeForce GTX 280, but it closes the gap when overclocked to 715/1641MHz GPU and 1150MHz memory (there is still a small gap in terms of bottom speed, though).

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky

To achieve a playable speed in this game we disabled FSAA and such resource-consuming options as Sun rays, Wet surfaces and Volumetric Smoke. We use the Enhanced full dynamic lighting (DX10) mode for our test and additionally enabled the DirectX 10.1 mode for the ATI cards.

The overclocked card from EVGA behaves in the same way in Clear Sky, too. It is as fast as the GeForce GTX 280 in terms of average frame rate thanks to the increased frequencies. But its bottom speed is lower because it has fewer functional subunits and a narrower memory bus.

 
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