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    ASUS EN8600GT OC Gear 256MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  December 11, 2007

    FarCry Performance

    FarCry is a first-person shooter that took 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. The ASUS EN8600GT 256MB puts in another workmanlike performance, outpacing the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB, while still falling a bit short of the framerates offered by the GeForce 7600 GT 256MB. As we have found in previous reviews, DirectX 10 cards don't seem to like FarCry, as evidenced by the proximity of the GeForce 7600 GT and GeForce 8600 GTS scores.

    FarCry AA and AF Widescreen Performance

    When we shift to the widescreen resolutions and enable 4X AA and 16X AF settings, the ASUS EN8600GT 256MB moves up the rankings, and now passes the GeForce 7600 GT 256MB.

    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, but for this market segment, we prefer the overall FPS score.

    Supreme Commander can really give video cards a good workout, especially at the mainstream level, but the ASUS EN8600GT 256MB offers exceptional performance for its class. It outpaces the GeForce 7600 GT and Radeon HD 2600 XT, and even comes within a stone's throw of the GeForce 7900 GS.

    Supreme Commander AA and AF Widescreen Performance

    The addition of widescreen resolutions and anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing detail settings do little to change the rankings, although the Radeon HD 2600 XT does catch up to the ASUS EN8600GT 256MB at 1920x1200.



    Page 1 The ASUS EN8600GT OC Gear 256MB Card
    Page 2 The ASUS OC Gear Hardware
    Page 3 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 4 DOOM 3 and Quake 4 Performance
  • Page 5 Farcry and Supreme Commander Performance
    Page 6 F.E.A.R. and Company of Heroes Performance
    Page 7 Lost Planet and Crysis Performance
    Page 8 3DMark06 Advanced Feature Performance
    Page 9 Overclocking Results and Performance
    Page 10 Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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