Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
The GeForce GTX 200 series is far from brilliant here, being inferior to the GeForce 9800 GX2 as well as to ATI’s Radeon HD 4800 cards. The latter are actually the only solutions to ensure smooth gameplay even in the most complex scenes. Their speed is never lower than 24fps at 1280x1024. The rest of the tested cards can’t do that.
It’s unclear why the GeForce GTX 200 series cards are so slow here. It must have something to do with the game engine’s specifics. The game is too demanding at the highest graphics quality settings.
Tomb Raider: Legend
It is the first real win for the GeForce GTX 280 and 260. The senior model of the new series leaves the other cards behind, notching 130fps. The GeForce GTX 260 is good, too. It is only inferior to the GeForce 9800 GX2 at resolutions above 1280x1024. On the other hand, this speed is redundant for a third-person shooter, and the Radeon HD 4870 also ensures smooth gameplay in every display mode including 1920x1200.