Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
Aliens vs. Predator
This game is benchmarked in DirectX 11 mode with the highest graphics quality settings.
The GeForce GTX 480 SLI tandem is much faster than its junior cousin but cannot deliver a playable frame rate at 2560x1600. It must be noted that the Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire is no better, notwithstanding the certain advantage in average performance due to the more advanced TMU subsystem.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
The dual-processor GeForce GTX 480 SLI subsystem cannot show its best at low resolutions, being limited by the performance of the whole platform. It is only at 1920x1080 and higher resolutions that we can observe some performance growth. The GeForce GTX 480 SLI is not much faster than the 470 SLI, but its bottom speed is as high as that of the Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire subsystem that boasts better scalability here.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
It’s like in the previous test and there is still no advantage over the GeForce GTX 470 SLI. Interestingly, the pair of discrete Radeon HD 5870 cards in CrossFire mode are barely ahead of the Radeon HD 5970 which has lower clock rates. This must be due to the latter having a dedicated PCI Express switch on board. It must also be noted that both AMD configurations ensure a higher bottom speed at 2560x1600.
None of the tested solutions delivers a comfortable speed at 2560x1600 although the GeForce GTX 480 SLI and Radeon HD 5870 CrossFire has rather high bottom speed results – much higher than those of the single Radeon HD 5970. The Nvidia tandem is better at 1920x1080, though. It is also not very loud thanks to the Zotac card with original cooler.