Far Cry 2
It is only at 2560x1600 that the ASUS card can match the GeForce GTX 480 in Far Cry 2 in terms of average frame rate. The regular Radeon HD 5870 allows playing at the same resolution while having a lower price and consuming less power whereas the Radeon HD 5970 has a comparable power draw but is faster than the ASUS.
This game is tested without multisampling antialiasing as it worsens the textures and provokes a performance hit.
When overclocked to a GPU frequency of 1 GHz, the ASUS Matrix 5870 is close to the Radeon HD 5970 at 1920x1080 but the dual-processor flagship goes ahead at 2560x1600. Generally speaking, such extreme overclocking is not really rewarding. It doesn’t open up new opportunities and display modes at standard resolutions. As for nonstandard ones, for example with multiple monitors in panoramic mode, something faster than a single Radeon HD 5870 is needed.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
We use the game’s DirectX 10.1 and DirectX 11 modes for graphics cards that support them.
Overclocking makes the ASUS card equal to the Radeon HD 5970 at 1600x900. At the higher resolutions the Matrix 5870 can only compete with the GeForce GTX 480, but that’s good, too. Its bottom speed grows up at 2560x1600, yet that’s not enough to make the game playable. The Radeon HD 5970 doesn’t offer a playable frame rate at the highest resolution, either.