Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
The MSI NX8600GTS OC has more points than the reference card while the further overclocking helps it score over 12,000 points and get close to the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB. These scores refer to the resolution of 1024x768 without antialiasing. Let’s better view the results of individual tests instead.
The Radeon X1950 Pro loses to the GeForce 8600 GTS in the second test only. It is equal to its opponent or even outperforms it, depending on the display resolution, in the first and third test. This may be explained by the abundant vegetation rendered in the second test. Coupled with enabled adaptive antialiasing it provokes a performance hit on the AMD card. The MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC isn’t much better than the reference card but is keeping in second place, behind the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB, when overclocked “manually”.