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Half-Life 2: Episode Two

We can see performance benefits from having two GeForce 9600 starting from 1600x1200. This system is 14-15% ahead of the Radeon HD 3870 X2 and GeForce 9800 GTX at 1920x1200, reaching the desired speed of 60fps. So, SLI technology is a good means to increase performance in this game if you’ve got one GeForce 9600 GT and an appropriate mainboard. Other HL2 fans should think about buying a more advanced single card such as GeForce 9800 GTX.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

The game doesn’t support FSAA when you enable the dynamic lighting model, but loses much of its visual appeal with the static model. This is the reason why we benchmarked the cards in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. using anisotropic filtering only.

The GeForce 9600 GT SLI configuration is only inferior to the recently released dual-processor monster GeForce 9800 GX2. That’s a huge potential indeed. We can note, however, that the single high-end cards, including the dual-chip Radeon HD 3870 X2, feel more confident at 1920x1200 ensuring a higher minimum of speed.

 
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