Call of Juarez
This game is a hard test even for $500 graphics cards. Of course, we can’t expect a $100 solution to run it fast. The Radeon HD 3850 and GeForce 9600 GT cannot provide an average frame rate of 20fps while the less advanced cards don’t reach even 10fps. That’s why we limited our test to 1280x1024 resolution.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The GeForce 9600 GT is the only card that can run Call of Duty normally at 1280x1024. The other cards are too slow, especially the RV635/R630 and G84-based solutions. MSI’s overclocking can’t affect the performance of the Radeon HD 3650 much.
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.
The low numbers are not surprising at all. Crysis is deservedly considered one of the most demanding of today’s games. Only most expensive single cards and luxurious multi-GPUs systems can provide a more or less playable speed in it. Entry-level and mainstream solutions can do nothing here. Still, we can note the good performance of the GeForce 9600 GT in comparison with the other cards.