Performance in RPG
The latest tale of the adventures of the nameless hero in the Gothic universe shows the same picture as the previous test: the previous-generation cards can hardly deliver over 30fps even at 1280x1024 whereas the Foxconn 8800 GTX is a real breakthrough with its 44fps.
On the other hand, Gothic 3 seems quite playable subjectively even at 30fps. This is the level of the more affordable GeForce 8800 GTS.
Neverwinter Nights 2
At first glance Neverwinter Nights 2 seems to be too hard a test for our graphics cards, but the gameplay is actually smooth and enjoyable at 30fps. You can even play normally at an average speed of 20fps, but you have problems when the speed drops below 15fps: the characters under your control do not obey your commands, “forget” to strike blows, etc.
There are only two graphics cards to meet the mentioned criterion, the GeForce 7950 GX2 and the GeForce 8800 GTX. The former is limited to 1280x1024, though. The other cards have more modest results, but you should know that you’ll only have such a low speed in scenes with a lot of vegetation and models.