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Testbed and Methods

We are going to investigate the gaming performance duirng Call of Duty: Black Ops gameplay with the latest patch 1.05 installed on the following universal testbed:

  • Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition processor (3.33 GHz, 6.4 GT/s QPI);  
  • Scythe SCKTN-3000 Katana 3 CPU cooler;
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme mainboard (Intel X58 Express chipset);
  • Corsair XMS3-12800C9 (3 x 2 GB, 1333 MHz, 9-9-9-24, 2T);
  • Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD (1 TB, 32 MB buffer, SATA II);
  • Ultra X4 850 W Modular power supply;
  • Dell 3007WFP monitor (30", 2560x1600 @ 60 Hz max display resolution);
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

We used the following ATI Catalyst and Nvidia GeForce drivers:

  • ATI Catalyst 10.12a for ATI Radeon HD;
  • Nvidia GeForce 260.99 and 263.09 WHQL for Nvidia GeForce.

The ATI Catalyst and Nvidia GeForce graphics card drivers were configured in the following way:

ATI Catalyst:

  • Anti-Aliasing: Use application settings/Standard Filter
  • Morphological filtering: Off
  • Texture Filtering Quality: High Quality
  • Surface Format Optimization: Off
  • Wait for vertical refresh: Always Off
  • Anti-Aliasing Mode: Adaptive Multi-sample AA
  • Other settings: default

Nvidia GeForce:

  • Texture filtering – Quality: High quality
  • Vertical sync: Force off
  • Antialiasing - Transparency: Multisampling
  • CUDA - GPUs: All
  • Set PhysX configuration: Auto-select
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • Other settings: default

Just like the previous Call of Duty games, the latest Black Ops offers flexible settings for the level of detail adjustment. In fact, this setup portion has been inherited almost as is from the original game and we didn’t encounter any serious modifications there. As before, there are several image quality adjustments. The table below shows what options each of the settings allows:

The summary testing was performed in FSAA 4x Extra mode and there were 19 testing participants in it:

Premium Category

  • ATI Radeon HD 6970
  • ATI Radeon HD 6950
  • ATI Radeon HD 5970
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 580
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 480
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 470

Performance Category

  • ATI Radeon HD 6870
  • ATI Radeon HD 6850
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB

Mainstream Category

  • ATI Radeon HD 5770
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670
  • Nvidia GeForce GTS 450
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 430
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 240

We ran our tests in the following standard resolutions: 1600x900, 1920x1080 and 2560x1600. The testing consisted of a run inside and outside as well as intensive combat fighting. We measured the average and minimum speed of the cards using Fraps utility version 3.2.5. Each test scenario was run three times and an average number was taken for the analysis.

 
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