Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
Aliens vs. Predator
This game is benchmarked in DirectX 11 mode with the highest graphics quality settings.
The GeForce GTX 460 is ahead of the Radeon HD 5870 at every resolution including 2560x1600 at its reference frequencies. When pre-overclocked like the Gainward GeForce GTX GS GLH, it is close to the GeForce GTX 470. Thus, the new card makes the GeForce GTX 465 obsolete, which is the right thing to do because GF100 chips are not really meant for such mainstream products. It must be noted that the game has rather high system requirements and you can only get a comfortable frame rate in it if you use a GeForce GTX 470 or the pre-overclocked Gainward GeForce GTX 460 GS GLH.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
The GeForce GTX 465 and Radeon HD 5830 have no chance here as the new card from Nvidia beats them both at resolutions up to 1920x1080 and is but slightly slower at 2560x1600. The pre-overclocked version from Gainward even challenges the GeForce GTX 470! The GF104 seems to be Nvidia’s first real success since the G200b and it even has some yet-unused reserves!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Rather poor texture-mapping performance is the weak spot of the Fermi architecture, showing up at the resolution of 2560x1600 where the GeForce GTX 460 falls behind its opponent. The factoryverclocking helps close the gap, though, and the new card looks splendid at the lower resolutions, outperforming both the GeForce GTX 465 and Radeon HD 5830. Moreover, the pre-overclocked frequencies make it competitive to the more expensive Radeon HD 5850. That’s impressive, especially if many GF104 chips will be able to work at 750-800 MHz.