The visually stunning world of Far Cry managed to do something that none of the games has done before: to stay in our pool of games for more than three years. But while the game is pretty old, it does not mean that any graphics card can deliver comfortable framerate with maximum quality.
The GeForce 8600 GTS cannot provide 60fps even on the “Pier” level in 1600x1200 resolution, not talking about comfortable speed in 1920x1200 resolution, which is becoming more and more popular, as full-HD TVs gain popularity and 24” monitors dropping in prices. It is also somewhat alarming that 16 texture units (at 675MHz) of the GeForce 8600 GTS cannot match 20 of the GeForce 7900 GS and 12 of the Radeon X1950 Pro on this level, which is rich with textures.
The situation seems to be better on the pixel-shader intensive “Research” level: 1600x1200 resolution is available for gamers even with maximum quality settings and performance in 1920x1200 is considerably higher compared to that on the “Pier” level. Still, the new 8600 GTS board delivers performance comparable only with the GeForce 7900 GS, which is tremendously slower than that of the Radeon X1950 Pro.