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 extreme overclocking is rewarding here. The overclocked card delivers the best average frame rate at resolutions up to 1600x1200 inclusive. The bottom speed is not high, though. Even at GPU frequencies of 875/2188MHz, the bottom speed of the GeForce 9800 GTX is lower than that of the Radeon HD 4870 and Radeon HD 3870 X2 working at the default clock rates.
The bottom speed of a graphics card is no less important than the average frame rate, so the results of the overclocked GeForce 9800 GTX have little practical worth. We can also say that the GeForce 9800 GTX+ won’t be able to provide comfortable conditions in this game.
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.
Command & Conquer 3 enjoys deserved popularity but doesn’t make a good benchmarking tool due to the mentioned peculiarities. As you can see, every graphics card hits the speed limit while their bottom speed is never lower than 24fps even at 1920x1200.
World in Conflict
As opposed to Company of Heroes, it is the overclocked GeForce 9800 GTX that is the closest to delivering a comfortable speed in the tech demo as it has a higher bottom speed than the Radeon HD 4870. Alas, the overall performance growth is rather small. And the off-the-shelf GeForce 9800 GTX+ is going to be even slower.