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Crysis

This game is tested at the High level of detail, excepting the Shaders option which is set at Very High. This way we try to achieve a compromise between image quality and speed.

Below-$200 graphics cards cannot be used for playing Crysis at the High or better settings. Still, we can note that the GeForce 9600 GT has a considerable advantage over the Radeon HD 3870 and HD 3850, especially in terms of minimum speed, and that there is almost no effect from overclocking the latter cards at 1920x1200.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

The frame rate is fixed at 30fps in this game as this is the rate at which the physical model is being updated at the server. Thus, this 30fps speed is the required minimum for playing the game.

It all depends on the display resolution here. The overclocked Gigabyte GV-RX387512H is the only card that can compete with the GeForce 9600 GT at 1280x1024 but the ATI solutions with 512MB of memory go ahead at the higher resolutions while the performance of the GeForce 9600 GT lowers nearly to the level of the Radeon HD 3850 256MB. From a practical point of view, the Radeon HD 3870 allows playing at 1920x1200 whereas the Radeon HD 3850, like the GeForce 9600 GT, can be used for playing at 1600x1200/1680x1050.

 
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