Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
Aliens vs. Predator
Aliens vs. Predator should have been an easier walk in the park right from the start, but nothing is as simple as it seems at first glance. Depending on your FSAA settings your overall performance is going to vary significantly in Aliens vs. Predator game. Our tests showed that the additional work required for the extra two monitors could make it difficult even for the most powerful graphics cards. For instance, AMD Radeon HD 6990 takes off with a significant advantage over its competitors, but this triumph is short lived and by the time we hit 5760x1080 there are three products running practically neck and neck. Besides the above mentioned graphics card, both - GeForce GTX 590 as well as SLI powered pair of GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards – are also viable candidates for your extreme gaming rig. Radeon HD 6970 can handle the extra load, too, but your overall fps is going to be a bit low for comfortable gameplay, so consider disabling FSAA in this case.
To our strictly subjective taste, Aliens vs. Predator does not necessary deliver mind-blowing experience, when running on a triple-display configuration. You might get a scare or two, but in general side monitors are displaying boring corridor walls, Besides, you really need to focus on the target in front of you, so for the most part your side vision is not working too well. Of course, we can’t call it a failure, but in this particular case Eyefinity and Surround technologies will only deliver 50% satisfaction.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam is not going to be on the front lines for long, as the next Battlefield series installation is right around the corner. Triple-display setup once again works well on almost all graphics configurations discussed today. Second time in a row Radeon HD 6990 wins, and Nvidia GeForce 590 and GeForce 560 Ti SLI follow closely behind. The latter slows down a lot because of enabled FSAA, so some driver optimizations could really make a difference here. Radeon HD 6970 performs pretty well, too, and tries to stay within the 30+ fps margin.
Just as with AvP, the overall feel from the two additional displays in this game is not necessarily something exceptional. The jungle levels look quite nice and in a few situations the peripheral vision helps. However, these occasions are very few and therefore we can only consider this gaming title to be partially suitable for proper Eyefinity and Surround Vision experience.
Crysis 2 video game does not allow disabling FSAA from its in-game menu, so we tested the game with the highest image quality settings with Crysis 2 Ultra Update installed. Heavy tessellation favors GeForce products, and there is no stopping GeForce GTX 590. It is the only graphics card that can manage to deliver over 30 fps in 5760x1080, which is still a rather low number anyway. Disabling a few extra features is the only way Radeon HD 6990 and GeForce GTX 560 Ti SLI can finish in the second place. The cost-effective Radeon HD 6970 needs to lose a few more features, as it can only hit 17 fps in this resolution.
You may have become somewhat concerned after checking out the results in Aliens vs. Predator and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam. But every rule has its exceptions. And it looks like Crysis 2 is one of them. The game is wonderfully balanced and filled with details that gradually appear on the side monitors and then move over to the main one.
Fighting in city streets as well as in underground tunnels has just become much more intense and fun at the same time. The peripheral view on the side monitors makes it possible to almost predict enemy movements and fire so that even Matrix or Equilibrium antagonists would be envious. This is definitely a must-have game for anyone with a triple-monitor setup regardless of the graphics card brand.