F.E.A.R. Extraction Point
F.E.A.R. has indisputably deserved the title of a “true” next-generation video game. Besides visual appeal it has elements of psychological thriller, something new to a video game world, but, considering the availability of expansion pack for F.E.A.R., an intention to release another one by Monolith/Sierra and similarities between F.E.A.R. and Condemned: Criminal Origins, this kind of video games are going to become really massive in the coming years.
That said, it is truly regrettable that Nvidia’s new performance-mainstream part not only cannot provide comfortable performance in F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point, but is also slower compared to the predecessor – GeForce 7900 GS – and direct competitor Radeon X1950 Pro.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
As usually, since the game uses deferred rendering, we cannot enable FSAA, thus, we only publish results with anisotropic filtering and HDR.
Even though the GeForce 8600 GTS belongs to a new generation of graphics cards and delivers average framerate inline with its rivals, its minimal framerate is well below any other graphics card that participated in the review. It is interesting to point out that while the new hardware showcased exceptional performance (for its class) in Far Cry with HDR, its speed in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is not that good.