Performance in Strategies
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
The new add-on to Company of Heroes is tested in DirectX 10 mode only since it provides the highest quality of the visuals.
There are two groups again: one includes all versions of GeForce 8800 GT and the GeForce 8800 GTX. These cards deliver high average performance. The other group includes the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB and the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB – these have a worse average speed due to the lack of graphics memory in the former and the poorly optimized driver of the latter. Both groups have problems with minimum speed, though. The cards of the first group make the game playable anyway, but the second group suffers slowdowns to 5-6fps.
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
The game having a frame rate limiter, you should consider the minimum speed of the cards in the first place.
The Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB has a low minimum of speed at 1920x1200, but that shouldn’t affect your playing comfort. The other cards are equal as concerns running this game.
World in Conflict
The demo version of this game was described in our The Second Encounter: DirectX 10 Games vs. Contemporary Graphics Accelerators review and now we’ve included it into our regular test program.
The MSI NX8800GT OC is slightly slower than the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB at high resolutions, which is quite a surprise. Even the reference version of GeForce 8800 GT is only inferior to the GeForce 8800 GTS in the amount of raster operators and in the memory bandwidth (very slightly), but we’ve got an overclocked version of the card here. These results may come from the different architecture of texture processors, or maybe the use of FSAA together with numerous military machine models makes the 20 ROPs of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB a serious factor in this test. Anyway, these graphics cards cannot provide a comfortable frame rate at the maximum graphics quality settings.
Note the rather low results of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB. The new ATI Radeon HD 3800 can hardly be much better as its architecture doesn’t differ much from its predecessor’s.