Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Just Cause 2
It’s like in the previous test. The overclocked MSI R6870 Hawk wins at two out of the three resolutions but overclocking is hardly rewarding here. The game is playable at 1920x1080 without any tweaking but can't be played comfortably at 2560x1600 even if you overclock your MSI R6870 Hawk.
Lost Planet 2
Overclocking is the only means to make this game playable on a Radeon HD 6870, at least at 1600x900. Even the Radeon HD 6950 fails to deliver a playable speed at 1920x1080 whereas the GeForce GTX 560 Ti does that easily. Alas, this game is not favorable to the AMD Barts architecture.
Performance in RPG
Fallout: New Vegas
This game is not suitable for benchmarking top-end graphics cards as we can only see any differences between them at a resolution of 2560x1600. Here, the overclocked MSI R6870 Hawk overtakes the Radeon HD 6950 but no gamer can feel the difference in practice.
Mass Effect 2
We enforced full-screen antialiasing using the method described in our special Mass Effect 2 review.
The overclocked MSI R6870 Hawk is the overall winner here although it falls behind the GeForce GTX 560 Ti at 1600x900. It beats every other card, including the Radeon HD 6950, at 1920x1080. The game is playable at 2560x1600 where our overclocking provides a nice addition to the MSI card's bottom speed.