Performance in Strategies
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
The new add-on to Company of Heroes is tested in DirectX 10 mode only since it provides the highest quality of the visuals.
Both versions of Radeon HD 3800 from Gigabyte are a little slower than the reference cards, by less than 10%. The senior models compete with the GeForce 9600 GT but the overall performance level is not very comfortable due to the low minimum of speed. The GV-RX387512H is 20% faster when overclocked but the minimum speed doesn’t grow up much.
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
The game having a frame rate limiter, you should consider the minimum speed of the cards in the first place.
The reference Radeon HD 3850 is no different from Gigabyte’s versions, both providing a playable minimum speed at 1280x1024 only. Both versions of Radeon HD 3870 cope with the job in every test mode, outperforming the GeForce 9600 GT at 1920x1200. The senior model from Gigabyte doesn’t benefit much from overclocking except for a minor increase in the minimum speed.
World in Conflict
Formally, the GeForce 9600 GT has a huge advantage over the RV670-based cards, yet this is not enough to deliver a playable frame rate even at 1280x1024, judging by the results produced by the in-game benchmarking tools.