Performance in Strategies
Age of Empires 3
Either because of pixel shaders with multiple texture lookups or certain peculiarities of the implementation of the HDR (INT) mode, or perhaps due to architectural specifics of the R520 and R580 chips, but the game invariably shows its liking towards the Nvidia GeForce 7 family. As a result, the Gigabyte card easily beats all the opponents from its own product class in the “pure speed” mode, being only slower than the performance-mainstream solutions Radeon X1900 GT and GeForce 7900 GT. However, only the results in the lowest resolution we use, i.e. 1280x1024 pixels, have any practical value.
Like in many other cases, the “eye candy” mode is unplayable on mainstream graphics cards, but note that the Radeon X1800 XL closes the gap to the Gigabyte GeForce 7600 GT and even overtakes it in 1280x1024.
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends
Although created by another developer and not using SM3.0 and HDR, this game behaves much alike to Age of Empires 3 . The average level of performance in Rise of Legends is lower than in Age of Empires 3 , even though it uses less advanced graphical technologies, and the best the Gigabyte GeForce 7600 GT can give you is 27-30fps. This is not bad in comparison with the Radeon X1800 GTO and XL, but is not comfortable as it is. So, you will have to lower the resolution or the level of detail if you want to play this game on a GeForce 7600 GT.