Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
Quite expectedly, the factory overclocking has a very small effect on the card’s performance. At the highest frequencies, however, the MSI speeds up as hard as to outperform the Radeon X1950 Pro at 1600x1200. This has little practical value, though, because the average speed of 35-37fps is not comfortable enough for this game genre.
The MSI card is slow even at the max frequencies in 1920x1200 as it has only 8 ROPs and a 128-bit memory bus. The Radeon X1950 Pro is free from these disadvantages and delivers a better result.
The speed of the Radeon X1950 Pro is slower than on the AMD/Windows XP platform we used in our earlier reviews. It may have something to do with the adaptive antialiasing option we didn’t use earlier. Another possible reason is that the Catalyst driver for Windows Vista is not yet optimized enough.
Call of Juarez
The MSI card and the reference GeForce 8600 GTS have almost identical speeds, while the further overclocking of the NX8600GTS makes it as fast as the Radeon X1950 Pro in 1280x1024. Anyway, you can’t play comfortably because the average frame rate is only 23fps. You’ll have to lower the level of detail and, probably, disable Shader Model 3.0/HDR to play this game on a mainstream graphics card.
The Radeon X1950 Pro does not slow down because of the enabled adaptive antialiasing option as it did in Battlefield 2142.