Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Just Cause 2
This game’s integrated benchmark does not report the bottom frame rate.
The ASUS Matrix 5870 outperforms the reference card at the default frequencies. When overclocked, the ASUS speeds up and wins the test at 1600x900. It is also a mere couple of frames per second behind the Radeon HD 5970 at 1920x1080. The latter card wins at 2560x1600, even though its bottom speed is barely playable then.
Resident Evil 5
The game has too modest system requirements for such a top-end solution as the ASUS Matrix 5870 to show its best. Anyway, the card delivers high performance at 1600x900 and 1920x1080 when overclocked to 1 GHz. It cannot match the Radeon HD 5970 at 2560x1600 yet its speed is high enough for comfortable play.
Performance in RPGs
Mass Effect 2
We enforced full-screen antialiasing using the method described in our special Mass Effect 2 review.
There is little profit from overclocking the Matrix 5870 as well as from its having 2 gigabytes of onboard graphics memory. It is only at a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels that we can see some tangible benefits as the bottom speed improves up to the level of the GeForce GTX 480. We guess such practical benefits, however small they may be, are more important than a huge advantage in numbers which does not affect your actual gaming experience.