Half-Life 2: Episode Two
The advantage of the GeForce 9600 GT over both versions of Radeon HD 3870 lowers from 40% to 30% as the display resolution grows up. The overclocked Gigabyte GV-RX387512H is 25% to 15% behind the leader. Anyway, the senior RV670-based solutions should better be used at 1600x1200 because they don’t have any reserve for 1920x1200 – the frame rate may occasionally bottom out below comfortable level in action-heavy scenes. The junior models should be limited to 1280x1024 for the same reason.
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 game engine is optimized for Nvidia’s solutions and this test has always been a trial for ATI’s single-chip cards. This time the overclocked Gigabyte GV-RX387512H is only able to deliver acceptable performance at 1280x1024. The GeForce 9600 GT feels confident at 1600x1200.