Low End GPU Performance

For our low end parts, we will mainly focus on NVIDIA's 8500 and AMD's 2400 parts. This is budget bin hardware that offers the feature set of the latest generation without the price premium (and without the performance necessary for gamers). We've included some older hardware for reference here, as well as he next step up in the current lineup for AMD and NVIDIA.

Unreal Tournament 3 Performance

Looking at 1024x768, it is clear that if the final game is any more taxing than these flyby benchmarks we would want to run at a lower resolution with the 8500 GT or the 2400 XT. The 2600 Pro and the 8600 GT are a very clear step up from this category. The 7600 GT and the X1650 XT serve to fill in the gap between these price points.

The 8500 GT and 2400 XT are well matched in terms of performance here. The 8600 GT leads the 2600 Pro (which essentially ties the x1650 xt in performance).

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  • tfranzese - Monday, October 22, 2007 - link

    Power consumption is one measure of performance just as frames per second is. There is no standard measure for performance and in this day and age, power consumption is becoming an even more important metric for deciding what the better performer is. I don't know anyone who loves excess heat and a high electric bill.
  • MrKaz - Thursday, October 18, 2007 - link

    Thanks for the reply ;)

    But I was asking to the reviewer (Derek Wilson)
  • DerekWilson - Thursday, October 18, 2007 - link

    I did group cards by performance. Certainly, the 2600 performed quite well for its price. Which I hope was well noted in the article...
  • dm0r - Thursday, October 18, 2007 - link

    Very informative and with surprising results, great job as aways...
    looks like the midrange fight is between the 8600GTS and 2600XT.The thing that most suprises me is the 2600XT beating 1950pro

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