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.
The Company of Heroes results are rather complicated: the GeForce GTX 260 and 280 are unrivalled in terms of average frame rate but their bottom speed is below comfortable at 1600x1200 whereas the ATI solution always maintains a near-comfortable frame rate.
ATI seems to be on the winning side in this test because it offers the only graphics card capable of delivering acceptable average and bottom speed at 1600x1200/1680x1050. Nvidia’s solutions are limited to 1280x1024 but may improve with driver updates. The new cards seem to have big potential.
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.
The new cards from Nvidia are inferior to the Radeon HD 4870 and 4850 as their bottom speeds are 2fps lower at 1920x1200. Of course, this is a negligible difference, so all the cards are suitable for playing this game.
World in Conflict
Unfortunately, the GeForce GTX 200 cards have a low bottom speed in this test. The average frame rates are not exceptional, either. It is only at a resolution of 1280x1024 that the GeForce GTX 280 differs notably from the other cards. The new flagship products don’t have any breakthroughs here.