Performance in RPG
Dragon Age II
Role-play games are getting more and more attention from developers all over the world and Dragon Age II is the first class representative of this trend. The game features one of the most contemporary graphics engines on the market and sets high graphics requirements. AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card is once again your best choice here. With the average performance of 30 fps it is by far the fastest graphics product, leaving GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6970 far behind. Keep in mind that GeForce GTX 560 Ti SLI is virtually unable to run with enabled FSAA, so you have to make sure it is disabled.
In a way the experience in Dragon Age II was the biggest disappointment in our today’s test session. The hype around Eyefinity and this particular game created by AMD was significant and we were expecting some sort of a small revolution. Instead we got practically blank screens, as there weren’t that many meaningful details on them at any time. The city locations do look awesome and some of your character’s skills look great on a triple-display setup, but it is still a bit weaker than we have expected.
Performance in Simulators
Late Colin McRae would be proud as his legacy lives on in the latest Dirt 3 rally simulator. Recent advances in computer graphics rendering allowed the developers to make it even more realistic. Please, don't be alarmed if someone asks why you are watching a TV-coverage of WRC while you enjoying your favorite Monte Carlo track. All testing participants delivered playable fps rate. Even Radeon HD 6970 can run with the pack with disabled FSAA.
It may sometimes be difficult to describe the realism of certain moments in Dirt 3 running with Eyefinity or Surround Vision technologies enabled. Just try it and you will most definitely see what I mean.
Forget about a 30" display with 2560x1600 resolution. It will struggle to deliver even one third of what surround technologies are capable of in this game. Try drifting with three monitors connected together and you will never be able to play Dirt 3 on a one-display system again. AMD should have put a sticker on every single Dirt 3 coupon they sponsored saying "5760x1080 is a must for this game”.
Just like Sebastian Vettel dominates this year's Formula 1 season, Radeon HD 6990 manages to be miles ahead of the competition. Nvidia's finest GeForce GTX 590 comes second and very respectable third place goes to Radeon HD 6970, which still manages to deliver payable fps rate. Please don't forget to disable FSAA, if you are using a pair of GeForce GTX 560 Titanium cards, as they clearly struggle with it in such high resolutions.
If there hadn’t been Dirt 3, the Grand Prix experience would have gotten an A+ from us. When you are on a rain-soaked track, sitting low in the cockpit, and you first hear and only then spot with your side vision how Jenson Button in a McLaren Formula 1 car is taking over the lead, it is an unforgettable experience. The only thing better would be the real race, which, however, is only available to the best 23 race-car drivers on the planet. Now thanks to Eyefinity and Surround Vision you can proudly join this elite club. Stay tuned for the F1 2011 game and it might be a good reason for an upgrade.