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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [03.15.04]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte

 Street Price: $430 on NewEgg

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Splinter Cell

It's nice to have a DirectX 8 game that can still stress the hell out of today's video cards. The problem that Splinter Cell presents is that it was designed to run on the NVIDIA powered XBOX. Sure enough, the PC port enables an enhanced dynamic lighting system for NVIDIA based GPU's. When benchmarking Splinter Cell to compare NVIDIA and ATI hardware, be sure to force the Shadow Projector lighting system to ensure a level playing field.

Just like the UT2K3 tests, I am going to give an average of all 3 levels used in the default benchmark, to give an idea of overall performance in the game. Ultra high settings were used - we're going to try to finish these cards off once and for all!

The 5950U would normally beat the 9800XT, but this time the GT pulls even further ahead (just by a bit though).

However the tables turn when the resolution is increased!

And as expected, the 9800XT pulls ahead in the filtering tests.

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