Performance in Simulators
Race Driver: GRID
The overall picture is the same as we could see in Devil May Cry 4. The advanced graphics cards are just unnecessarily fast. A single GeForce GTS 250 is quite sufficient for this game at resolutions up to 1920x1200. The GeForce GTS 250 SLI tandem should be given credit for having the highest result among all the tested solutions at 1680x1050 and 1920x1200.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
This game caters to two categories of gamers. First of all, it is intended for all who love the Tom Clancy’s series of gaming titles. And it also appeals to the rather limited audience of people who like to play car simulators. It features excellent visuals and has rather high graphics subsystem requirements. Therefore it is an ideal benchmarking tool, especially as it comes with integrated benchmarking options – without the option of recording bottom speed, though.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. being a recently released title, Nvidia has not yet made it compatible with SLI technology. This explains the poor performance of the GeForce GTS 250 SLI tandem that is just routed by the GeForce GTX 285. The gap is over 25%. ATI seems to be ahead of Nvidia in optimizing new games for CrossFire: the Radeon HD 4850 X2 is competing with the single-chip flagship of the green team quite successfully.
The game is quite a demanding application for the computer’s graphics subsystem. The gameplay was only smooth and comfortable when we used the two most advanced solutions included into this review and only at the two lowest resolutions.