F.E.A.R. Extraction Point
The overclocked frequencies bring no benefits to the MSI card in high resolutions while in 1280x1024 its speed is less than 10% higher in comparison with the reference card. The Radeon X1950 Pro performs slower with enabled adaptive antialiasing, so the former outsider GeForce 8600 GTS is now ahead, at least in low resolutions which are playable with more or less comfort on mainstream graphics cards.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Using the deferred rendering technique, this game is incompatible with full-screen antialiasing. There are only anisotropic filtering results here.
The choice of the graphics card to play the Tom Clancy’s series of tactical shooters depends on your personal taste because the MSI NX8600GTS OC and the Radeon X1950 Pro are equally sluggish in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter although ensure a high enough minimum of speed. The former card is more future-proof as it supports DirectX 10. The further overclocking of the GeForce 8600 GTS is useless for this game, resulting in a speed gain of less than 2fps.
Half-Life 2: Episode One
The Radeon X1950 Pro and GeForce 8600 GTS are both slower in comparison with themselves on our older testbed and tested with our older methods. Their standings have remained unchanged, however, except for 1280x1024 where the Radeon X1950 Pro is considerably faster than the standard GeForce 8600 GTS. The overclocked MSI NX8600GTS OC almost overtakes its opponent, though.
Note that there is almost no reserve of speed in the resolution of 1600x1200 when transparency antialiasing is turned on, so you may want to play the game at 1280x1024 to have the maximum image quality.