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Performance in Strategies

Age of Empires 3

This game prefers graphics cards on Nvidia’s GeForce 7 chips for some reason. Perhaps it uses shaders with multiple texture lookups or there is some problem with ATI’s Catalyst. Or maybe it just doesn’t match the architectural features of the R520 and R580 chips well. The first of these suppositions is confirmed by the results of the GeForce 7900 GT which differs from the other cards in having 24 TMUs.

The mainstream solutions participating in this test do not show high speeds. Both versions of the GeForce 7600 GT that you can see in this review offer a good enough average speed in 1024x768, but the Radeon X1800 GTO is slow even then. At the same time, the Radeon X1800 XL does well in this test, leaving the XFX GeForce 7600 GT XXX Edition behind and closely approaching the Radeon X1900 GT in the “eye candy” mode.

Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War

Contrary to Age of Empires 3 , this game runs on a very simple engine that doesn’t go beyond DirectX 8.0, but makes wide use of high-resolution textures and stencil shadows. GeForce 6/7 cards boast special technologies to accelerate the rendering of stencil shadow and are always faster than their Radeon X1000 counterparts in Dawn of War .

This is true for the XFX GeForce 7600 GT XXX Edition which is only slower than the GeForce 7900 GT and looks just brilliant in the “eye candy” mode. The resolution of 1600x1200 with enabled 4x FSAA in the only unavailable for comfortable play on the XFX card; in all other cases it delivers an acceptable frame rate.

 
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