The Radeon X1950 Pro is far slower than every version of GeForce 8600 GTS when transparency antialiasing is enabled. No wonder as the Pier map abounds in vegetation and the foliage is rendered using such textures. The overclocking gives a boost to the MSI card but doesn’t add more playable resolutions. You can still play comfortably in 1280x1024 and, perhaps, in 1600x1200 at the eye candy settings.
There are few transparent textures on the Research map but the graphics card’s shader processors have got a lot of work to do. The Radeon X1950 Pro is ahead here. It is only at the overclocked frequencies that the MSI NX8600GTS OC gains the upper hand at 1280x1024. It’s better with average performance than on the Pier map but the resolution of 1920x1200 is still unplayable because you can’t always remain in closed scenes as you are playing Far Cry. You’ll have to go out into the open sooner or later and suffer a performance hit.
The Radeon X1950 Pro does not suffer from the above-mentioned problem in the HDR mode and is quite competitive against every version of GeForce 8600 GTS except for the MSI card at the frequencies we set ourselves. The resolution of 1280x1024 is playable on each tested card. 1600x1200 is playable, too, even though the speeds are close to being uncomfortably low.