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    Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  August 10, 2007

    FarCry Performance

    FarCry is a hot first-person shooter that takes in-game graphics to the next level, although in a different direction than DOOM 3. Instead of darkness and confined spaces, FarCry can place you outdoors, on bright sandy beaches, jungles or even on the water itself. This game gives our video cards a different kind of a stress test, and rest assured that FarCry ranks up there with the very toughest 3D game benchmarks. FarCry is an interesting benchmark, as it combines old school performance requirements with hot new features such as support for SM 3.0. For this test, we are using the full retail version updated to version 1.4, along with a new custom demo file.

    The updated patches enable SM3.0 support for FarCry, and this makes it another good test of gaming feature sets and performance. This has turned into a very ATI-centric benchmark, and as you can see from the scores, the Radeon X1650 XT really pushes the Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB, while the Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB takes it to the high-end GeForce 7 Series cards. FarCry benchmark scores are still high for the mainstream class, and the Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB proves to be a more than adequate contender in this range.

    FarCry AA and AF Widescreen Performance

    Once widescreen resolutions and 4X AA and 16X AF are brought into the equation, the Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB does extremely well against the GeForce 7 Series competition, but continues to be in tough against the ATI cards. Here, the Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS is able to post a competitive score at 1680x1050, but drops back behind the Radeon X1650 XT at 1920x1200.

    Supreme Commander Performance

    Supreme Commander is a high-end real-time strategy game, similar to a next-gen Total Annihilation, which combines killer graphics with top-level AI. The in-game visuals are incredible, and when there are multiple armored mechs in the same area, it can take a real toll on even high-end system configurations. This makes it a great benchmark for our high-end graphic cards, and while the in-game benchmarking program offers several different performance ratings (including FPS), we prefer the overall Render score, which is more dependant on the graphics component.

    Supreme Commander is one of our newer benchmarks, and the Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB certainly shows off its performance in this test. The Render benchmark scores have the Albatron card sitting ahead of both the Radeon X1950 Pro and GeForce 7900 GT 256MB cards, and just falling a bit short of the GeForce 7950 GT 512MB.

    Supreme Commander AA and AF Widescreen Performance

    Once we bring the anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing settings into play, the Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB does drop back a bit, but is still the class of the mainstream crowd. This is a serious benchmark, especially at 1920x1200, but the Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS stays right on line with the GeForce 7900 GT.

    Page 1 The Albatron GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB Card
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 DOOM 3 and Quake 4 Performance
  • Page 4 Farcry and Supreme Commander Performance
    Page 5 F.E.A.R. and Company of Heroes Performance
    Page 6 Lost Planet DirectX 9/10 Widescreen Performance
    Page 7 3DMark06 Advanced Feature Performance
    Page 8 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking, Value, and Conclusion

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