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Performance in Strategies

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

The calculations of scripts and effects are bound strictly to a frame rate of 30fps in this game, it is impossible to play it with a disabled frame limiter. So, we decided against modifying the internal game settings to disable the limiter.

The participating graphics cards seem to be equally good in this test, but it is the minimum speed that is important for playing a strategy. When it comes to min speed, the GeForce 8800 GTX and Radeon X1950 XTX are beyond competition since their speeds are never lower than 20fps at 1920x1200 resolution. As for the GeForce 7950 GX2, we feel sorry for people who have got this card. The driver for the GeForce 7 series hasn’t been updated since November – no wonder it hasn’t got a SLI profile for Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.

Company of Heroes

You’ve got a wide choice if you like WW2-inspired strategies. The Foxconn 8800 GTX is impressive again, but 50fps is quite enough for this game type. And this frame rate is delivered by every graphics card in this review.

Supreme Commander

The last of the Total Annihilation games was released in those ancient times when the amount of onboard graphics memory was the single measure of graphics subsystem performance. Although the main features of the ancestor can be clearly seen in Supreme Commander, this game is among the hardest trials in our selection of benchmarks.

Once again we see the GeForce 8800 GTX outpacing its rivals “by a lap”. The lack of competition is partially due to the catastrophically low performance of the GeForce 7950 GX2. With no alternatives in view, the Foxconn card with its 60fps is surely the best choice.

 
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