11. NeverWinter Nights 2
Bards sing tales of heroes from ages past, but never have the Forgotten Realms so desperately needed a champion. Years have passed since the war between Luskan and Neverwinter, almost enough time for the wounds of war to heal. But the brief peace the Realms have known may be at an end. Tension growing between the mighty city-states means the Sword Coast again teeters on the edge of open war.
Unnoticed, a greater danger stalks the City of Skilled Hands. Unbeknownst to the denizens of the North, deep in the Mere of Dead Men, dark forces from across the Realms have been rallied under the banner of a legendary evil. If left unchallenged, all of the North is doomed to fall under its power.
Even in this darkest hour, hope remains. A mysterious relic is borne to Neverwinter in the hands of a lone hero so that its secrets may be unlocked - secrets that carry the fate of all the North. So begins an epic tale of shattered alliances, noble acts and dark deeds to be told across the Realms for generations to come.
Under Game options, we maxed all available visual settings.
Anisotropic filtering was enabled under the "Advanced Graphics" tab, while Anti-aliasing modes were set by using Nvidia's 3D control panel.
We saved a gave and ran the same route (more or less) moving the camera a lot around the player. This is the worst case scenario while playing. Using FRAPS, we recorded two minutes of the game and logged the lowest and average readings.
NeverWinter Nights2 is a "difficult" game with all visual enhancements enabled. The Gainward 8800GTS GS 320MB showed superb performance with 56FPS average refresh rate.
Antialiasing is not offered within the game options. Using Nvidia's 3D control panel, we enabled up to 16xQ AA. Here, we see something interesting. The 320MB model was "faster" than the 640MB model at least until 8xAA. After that point, we had a significant drop in performance where it appears the extra on-board memory makes a difference...