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As we've already pointed out, the will compete directly against the NVIDIA 8800 GTX. Other than the video cards being different, the test platform will be identical.
Test Setup: Intel C2D X6800, ASUS P35, 2GB Corsair Dominator DDR3, Seagate 7200.8 400GB, Windows XP SP3, Audio on.
NVIDIA 8800 GTX w/GeForce Driver Release 182
w/AMD Catalyst 9.3
Call of Duty 5 - 1920x1200, default settings with 4xAA.
Race Driver GRID - 1920x1200, default settings no AA.
Crysis Warhead - NVIDIA - 1440x900, HIS 1920x1200, default settings no AA.
Far Cry 2 - 1920x1200, default settings no AA.
Stalker: Clear Sky - NVIDIA - 1152x864, HIS 1650x1050, default settings no AA.
Tomb Raider Underworld - 1920x1200, default settings no AA.
Benchmarks were done with a 300 second run through using the latest version of FRAPS. Generally, you'll want to avoid severe dips in the chart as usually that indicates some sort of performance drop as well. These benchmarks measure true gaming performance rather than canned synthetic or scripted benchmarks.
Call of Duty 5: World at War
The game engine is not as advanced as some of the latest games out there and the 8800 GTX still does a solid job, but the does not suffer the same performance drops.
The game looks very good nonetheless and stayed above 40fps throughout testing.
Race Driver Grid
Neither video card had any issues with the game.
Both cards looked very good and while both performed the same on straight roads, the animation did appear to be smoother during many of my crash sequences. Unlike the older card, the newer was able to stay over 60fps most of the testing.