14. Ground Control II
Ground Control 2 is an action-oriented game of tactics and warfare. As Captain Jacob Angelus of the Northern Star Alliance, you will command squads of infantry, artillery, and air power against the might of the Empire of Terra. Base building and resource-collecting are replaced with unit control and combat tactics where your knowledge of the battlefield maneuvers will make the difference in your fight against a ruthless enemy. Position your troops on hilltops for better aim or inside buildings and forests for protection as you'll need to use every inch of terrain to your advantage.
For our benchmarks, we used the highest possible settings on the first mission of the single player game and moved around the camera to get an average frame rate using fraps.
Ground Control II offers really impressive graphics without requiring much GPU power. Click on the picture above to view a screenshot from the game. Check out these excellent water effects!
Even in Ground Control II, Connect3D's X800 still holds the lead over the two other cards. The difference between it and the N6600GT varies around 8fps.
Setting AA to 4x and AF to 8x, both ATI cards lose more than half their previous performance and the N6600GT now stands on top. However, increasing the resolution slowly grinds away the difference which disappears at 1600x1200 where the X800 and N6600GT both deliver 18fps.