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.
The Radeon HD 3650 cannot deliver a playable frame rate with our settings even at 1280x1024. On the other hand, the ATI Radeon HD 3850 and GeForce 9600 GT have low minimum speeds, too.
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 low performance of the RV670- and RV635-based solutions is due to the lack of TMUs and raster processors. The latter are not a bottleneck in modern applications usually but ATI’s junior solutions have only four of them, which is insufficient. As a result, the junior models of Radeon HD cannot run this game normally even at 1280x1024 while the outdated GeForce 8600 GTS with 8 ROPs delivers quite comfortable performance then.
World in Conflict
The GeForce 9600 GT differs from the others here. The rest of the cards, including the Radeon HD 3850, cannot yield 10fps even. The MSI card offers a frame rate of only 7fps, which is not playable at all.