Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Batman: Arkham Asylum
We tested the game using its integrated benchmark and highest graphics/physics settings.
It is in Batman: Arkham Asylum that PhysX effects are at their best. They raise the game’s visuals to a whole new level, so a dedicated PPU is indeed justifiable here. The best result is delivered by the EVGA GeForce GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX but the modest GeForce GT 220 with an ordinary GeForce GTX 275 follows the leader slowly. The latter configuration is inferior in bottom speed but allows playing at 2560x1600 anyway. Moreover, it is quieter than the EVGA card. Users of Radeon HD cards have to think about switching their platform or enabling PhysX in unofficial ways. If you succeed, the XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition can deliver as high a speed as the GeForce GTX 275 based tandem at resolutions up to 1920x1200. But the hybrid tandem slows down suddenly at 2560x1600 for some reason.
Resident Evil 5
The game lacks a PhysX engine for physical effects, so the PhysX accelerator is useless again, but we can see the negative effect of the reduced shader domain frequency on the performance of the EVGA card. This effect isn’t too serious, though. You can recall the price factor, though. You can spend a comparable sum of money for a Radeon HD 5850 and get much higher performance, even though it is not really called for in this game.
Street Fighter IV
Here is one more PhysX-free game and it shows us an already familiar picture. While a second GeForce GTX 295 would help increase the card’s performance through SLI technology, the G92b coprocessor on board the EVGA GeForce GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX just is just wasting away electric power doing nothing. It would make more sense to spend the same amount of money or even less on one of Radeon HD 5850, such as the XFX solution, for instance.