Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Hitman: Blood Money
You don’t need as high an average speed to play a third-person shooter as you do to play a first-person one, yet the fans of the Hitman series might like to purchase something better than a GeForce 7600 GT. You can hardly be satisfied with an average of 35fps in 1280x1024. On the other hand, Blood Money locations are mostly small, and good overclocking can boost the performance of that card almost to the level of the GeForce 7900 GT. You’ll need a GPU frequency growth of 100MHz to achieve that, but we are not sure if many other GeForce 7600 GT models, besides the Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH, are capable of that. Higher resolutions and/or FSAA can only be used on high-end or better products.
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Splinter Cell is older than Hitman: Blood Money and is much more moderate in its requirements. If you’ve got a Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH, or any other version of the GeForce 7600 GT, you can play this game with comfort in 1280x1024 at the highest graphics quality settings. The same is true for the Radeon X1800 GTO – the two cards deliver comparable performance in this test, although the ATI solution has a better min speed. To play in 1600x1200 and/or use full-screen antialiasing, you should overclock your card or buy a more expensive solution, e.g. a Radeon X1900 GT or a GeForce 7900 GT.