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Performance in Simulators

Colin McRae: Dirt 2

We enable the DirectX 11 mode for graphics cards that support it.

The performance of the GeForce GTX 465 does not change in this game with the new driver. Like in the two previous tests, the new card is somewhat slower than the Radeon HD 5850. Overclocking has the smallest effect where it is the most necessary, i.e. at the resolution of 2560x1600. The game seems subjectively comfortable to play even without overclocking, though. We can also note that the latest game patch and the new Catalyst driver improve the performance of the Radeon HD 5000 series noticeably.

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

The game’s integrated benchmark cannot report the bottom frame rate. We use DirectX 10 and 10.1 modes here.

The GeForce GTX 465 takes a good start, beating even the Radeon HD 5870 at 1600x900, but falls behind the Radeon HD 5850 at 1920x1080 due to the cut-down texture-mapping and graphics memory subsystems. Nvidia’s graphics cards are still superior in this game as is indicated by the results of the GeForce GTX 470 and GTX 480 but AMD products look competitive in the mainstream sector. The Radeon HD 5850 is especially appealing since its senior cousin costs quite a lot more but cannot deliver a much higher speed.

 
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