This game is tested at the High level of detail, excepting the Shader option which is set at Very High. This way we try to achieve a compromise between image quality and speed.
The Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX is considerably better than the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB in terms of minimum performance, but this is only due to the newer version of ForceWare that cannot be officially used for the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB although both cards are based on the same GPU. Moreover, the average speed is still rather low, not reaching 35fps even at the lowest resolution.
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The frame rate is fixed at 30fps in this game as this is the rate at which the physical model is being updated at the server. Thus, this 30fps speed is the required minimum for playing the game.
The new GeForce 9800 GTX doesn’t have any serious advantage over the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB. The maximum performance gain is only 5-6%, which has no effect on the gamer’s experience. No one can feel such a small increase in frame rate especially as it is higher than the limit.