Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Just Cause 2
The graphics cards are ranked from the ASUS to the Gigabyte, like in the previous tests. The overclocked Gigabyte almost makes the resolution of 2560x1600 playable, yet its bottom speed of 22 fps is still rather too low.
Lost Planet 2
It is but rarely that overclocking can bring you any tangible benefits, yet we seem to have an exception from this rule with our GeForce GTX 570s. Here, our overclocking helps these cards deliver a higher bottom speed and ensure smoother and more enjoyable gameplay.
Performance in RPG
Dragon Age II
We use a patch with high-res textures and FSAA.
You may want to overclock your GeForce GTX 570 to reach a comfortable bottom speed at resolutions up to 1920x1080. The game being AMD-optimized, the Radeon HD 6970 easily beats even the GeForce GTX 580.
Mass Effect 2
We enforced full-screen antialiasing using the method described in our special Mass Effect 2 review.
Overclocking boosts the average frame rate of the graphics cards in Mass Effect 2 but it was already high enough even at the highest resolutions. A regular GeForce GTX 570 with reference frequencies can easily deliver 60 fps on average at 2560x1600 and keep the frame rate above 38-40 fps in the most complex scenes.