Performance in Strategies
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
The new add-on to Company of Heroes is tested in DirectX 10 mode only since it provides the highest quality of the visuals.
This real-time strategy behaves oddly at resolutions of 1600x1200 and higher. Having a higher average frame rate, the GeForce GTX 260 has a considerably lower bottom speed than the Force3D Radeon HD 4870.
This game features a very dynamic gameplay, so we wouldn’t recommend you to run it at 2560x1600 with enabled FSAA on the $299 cards.
Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
The add-on to C&C 3: Tiberium Wars brought no changes into the technical aspect of the game. The game still having a frame rate limiter, you should consider the minimum speed of the cards in the first place.
Considering the frame rate limit set at 30fps and the identical bottom speeds, we can say that the GeForce GTX 260 and Radeon HD 4870 are both a perfect choice for this game even if you want to play it at 2560x1600 with 4x FSAA.
World in Conflict
According to the integrated benchmark, the Radeon HD 4870 is about as fast as the GeForce GTX 260. The latter card has a somewhat higher speed at 2560x1600, probably due to the larger amount of onboard memory. Anyway, 11-18fps is too low a frame rate for playing a real-time strategy with comfort.