Colin McRae: DiRT 2
The GeForce GTX 2xx series cards do not support DirectX 11, so I will first test the GeForce GTX 480 in DirectX 9 mode for the comparison's sake.
Now let's see what we have in DirectX 11 mode where the Radeon series cards join in (the DirectX 9 results of the GTX 2xx series are shown in italics).
The GeForce GTX 480 is a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 5870 in this game.
Wings of Prey
CrossFireX technology does not yet work in the new flight simulator Wings of Prey, so the Radeon HD 5970 proves to be the slowest card in this test. SLI technology, on the contrary, works well, making the GeForce GTX 295 an unrivalled leader. The GeForce GTX 480 is a little faster than the Radeon HD 5870 across all of the test modes.
Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising
Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War II is one of the most CPU-dependent games in this review, and the graphics cards only differ in the highest-quality mode at 2560x1600 where the GeForce GTX 480 is a little faster than the Radeon HD 5870 in terms of average frame rate but inferior to the latter in terms of bottom speed. By the way, the bottom speed of the GeForce GTX 480 is the lowest one among all the tested graphics cards in this game. This must be due to insufficient optimizations of the GeForce driver and may be corrected in near future.