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Neverwinter Nights 2

Starting with version 1.04 this game allows using FSAA, so we tested it in the eye candy mode. Neverwinter Nights 2 declares support for HDR, yet this mode is not fully implemented by the developer and is not operational in the current version of the game. Perhaps this situation will change with more patches.

You want to have a frame rate of higher than 15fps for the game to respond to your commands normally. Unfortunately, none of the versions of GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB included into this review can hold above that mark, although the EVGA card is close to that with its min speed of 13fps. It’s obviously a memory management issue since the GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB easily provides a frame rate of 30fps with slowdowns to 19fps. The GeForce 7950 GX2 performs quite successfully, too, while the Radeon X1950 XTX is very close to the results of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320. Perhaps the game engine is optimized for Nvidia’s architecture, e.g. for its large number of TMUs.

The results suggest that the GeForce 8800 GTS 320, even though a technically advanced solution, is not the best choice for playing Neverwinter Nights 2. Perhaps there will be improvements with the release of new versions of ForceWare. We’ll check this out as soon as we transfer our test platforms to Windows Vista.

 
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