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.
Like the other graphics cards, the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT has a low minimum of speed, although it is better than, for example, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT and Pro in this respect. But the average frame rate provided by both versions of the new graphics card is far better than the results of their opponents, including the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB. The latter just lacks more memory to perform faster with enabled FSAA, so it is natural to see the Nvidia GeForce GT with 512MB of memory on board, in the lead. Save for occasional performance hits, the game seems playable on the GeForce 8800 GT at resolutions up to 1600x1200 and 1680x1050 inclusive. The average frame rate is quite high.
ATI’s Radeon HD 2900 cards with their good technical characteristics suffer from insufficiently optimized drivers here. AMD/ATI didn’t have an access to the game that was developed with Nvidia’s participation and had to perform the optimization after the release of the game. Perhaps the performance of these cards will be improving with newer versions of the Catalyst driver.