Performance in RPG
The current version of Gothic 3 does not support FSAA, so we benchmarked the cards using anisotropic filtering only.
The GeForce 8600 GTS and Radeon X1950 Pro have similar average speeds but Nvidia’s card has a higher minimum of speed than AMD/ATI’s one. However, neither card can ensure comfortable playing conditions. The overclocked frequencies of the MSI card can’t save the day even though they provide a 14% boost in the average speed in comparison with the reference card.
Neverwinter Nights 2
The game permits to use FSAA starting with version 1.04, but its support for HDR is still deficient. Therefore we tested the cards at the eye candy settings with 4x FSAA.
The GeForce 8600 GTS in its every version fails this test at the new, higher-quality driver settings. 15fps is the minimum you need to play this game, but even the overclocked MSI card cannot reach this limit, although it is only 0.4fps behind the Radeon X1950 Pro. If you own one of these cards, you have to disable transparency antialiasing to achieve a more or less acceptable speed. We also recommend disabling FSAA unless you’ve got a GeForce 8800 series card.