XFX 8800 GTS 512 and Asus 8800 GT 512 - G92 shoot out
Unreal Tounament 3, Crysis and Gaming Overview
Unreal Tournament 3
I have included UT3, even though it is another UE3 game as it is a fast, frantic and furious multiplayer mash-up experience. Using advanced DirectX 9.0c features, the Unreal Engine looks fantastic and runs on almost all half-decent modern GPU's making it an ideal all-round test.
Again the trend continues with the XFX 8800 GTS and the 8800 GTX being on very even terms, with the Asus 8800 GT not very far behind at all.
Crysis has to be our most challenging benchmark to date. Running under Windows Vista and using DirectX 10 path, Crysis is currently limited to using "High" settings, rather than "Very High" using any of today's single cards. I also ramped down the resolution to 1680 x 1050 to make sure that I was happy with the framerates.
Here we see the extra memory bandwidth and pixel fillrate of the 8800 GTX come to the fore with a higher minimum FPS. However, the 8800 GTS stands up very well to it's older sibling and indeed gaming on the XFX 8800 GTS was very smooth at this detail level. The Asus 8800 GT dropped off the pace slightly here, but was still a pleasant experience to use.
For those of you who don't like to read through pages of my waffle, the performance in this review can be summed up as follows:
1st: XFX 8800 GTS 512 G92
Silky smooth in every test, the new G92 GPU shows it pace in gaming.
2nd: MSI 8800 GTX 768 G80
The old dog has a little life left in it and although losing out to the newer rev card, it's not exactly that much of a measurable gap.
3rd: Asus 8800 GT Top G92
The 8800 GT sits in very very close 3rd place, certainly not far behind it's more stream processor-endowed siblings.
4th: Sapphire HD3850
Sitting in an admirable 4th place, the low-priced but awesome-value HD3850 doesn't quite match the big boys for performance but gives a great account of itself.
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