High Quality AA and AF
Our high quality tests let us separate the men from the boys and the ladies from the girls. If the cards were not struggling before they will start to now.
Like our non AA and AF tests we see that we have a bit of a reverse staircase effect. The XXX 8600GT from XFX comes in only just behind the reference 8600GTS.
Half Life 2 (Lost Coast)
With increased settings the 8600GTs really take a hit, to be honest though you are not going to be gaming at these settings on any of the cards here.
The overclocked 7600GT has the edge on the Gigabyte 8600GT thought the XXX XFX does pull ahead and gives us numbers closer to the GTS than the 7600GT.