Performance in First-Person Shooters
This game doesn’t support display resolutions of 16:10 format, so we use a resolution of 1920x1440 pixels (4:3 format) instead of 1920x1200 for it.
The clock rates of the MSI NX8800GT OC are slightly lower than those of the Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GT, but it doesn’t show up in this test. The difference between the cards is less than 1fps and both of them deliver the same speed as the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX. Besides other things, it means that the flagship product of the GeForce 8 series is about to retire because the ordinary GeForce 8800 GT is a mere 11% behind it in the worst case, which is very little considering the difference in the technical characteristics, particularly in the memory subsystem parameters, and in price.
BioShock doesn’t support FSAA when running in Windows Vista’s DirectX 10 environment. That’s why we benchmarked the cards without FSAA.
The overclocked versions of GeForce 8800 GT feel all right here, outperforming the GeForce 8800 GTX. This may be due to their using a ForceWare driver from the newer 169 branch whereas the rest of the GeForce 8800 series uses the 163 branch of the driver. Anyway, the card costing $250-300 is successfully competing with the $599 product here. The version with the reference frequencies is slightly behind the GeForce 8800 GTX, yet provides comfortable performance at a resolution of 1920x1200.