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Budget Graphics Card Roundup

Budget Graphics Card Roundup

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

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Enemy Territory is a popular multiplayer-focused game based on a modified version of the Doom 3 engine. We are testing our budget GFX cards at the modest 800×600 and 1024×768 resolutions with the quality set to normal and the anti-aliasing disabled.

Unfortunately the game was completely unplayable when using an ATi HD3450 based card at any resolution. The POV 8500GT fares a little better and the game is playable at 800×600, but at 1024×768 there were many spots where the frame rate dropped to the point that the game was nothing more than choppy still frames.

The XFX 8600GT is the first card which can offer a perfectly playable frame rate at both resolutions and good performance overall, you could actually increase the resolution even higher for this card.

Once again both of the HD3650 based offerings perform about the same, with the scales leaning towards the higher clocked Sapphire card. The XFX 9600GSO once again offers the highest performance by a clear margin.


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Stuart Davidson

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