XFX GeForce 8200 Review :: Gaming on the XFX 8200 integrated graphics

07-29-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

I decided to take a few of the more recent games out for a spin on the 8200 with the caveat that the 8200 is meant for light gaming and not a real gaming powerhouse that would give high framerates. The XFX 8200 is not meant to compete with the likes of the 4870 or GTX280 discrete video cards but meant for basic gaming and the ability to play back Blu-Ray DVDs and other High Definition content.

The Witcher game was released a few months ago. Itís a RPG (Role Playing Game) with the most detailed visuals ever seen developed by Bioware. At the default resolution of 1280x1024 the game was totally unplayable on the integrated graphics. Lowering the resolution to 1024x768, the game became playable with limitations. The game looked visually exactly like it would on a DirectX 10 card like the 4870 or GTX280, just not with the performance.

Hellgate London is a game that touts DirectX 10 effects. The game ran ok on the 8200 as long as DirectX 9.0 mode was used as the frame rate on DX10 mode was hardly in the teens. I would suggest playing the game in DX9.0 mode on the integrated graphics, as it is enjoyable at Medium settings and 1024x768 resolutions throughout.

Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare is the latest COD game for the PC with the fifth game recently announced. A DirectX 9.0 GAME, this game should play ok on the integrated 8200 graphics. The game played well up to 1024x768 with no AA and no AF enabled. Turning on 4x AA and 16x AF dropped the framerate below ten, making it unplayable. The integrated GeForce graphics rendered this game great with no artifacts visible on-screen at very moderate resolutions.