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Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters

Aliens vs. Predator

This game is benchmarked in DirectX 11 mode with the highest graphics quality settings.

Our readers already know what to expect from a GeForce GTX 460 1GB at frequencies up to 800 MHz. The results the card produces at 900 MHz are even more impressive: the Palit card beats the GeForce GTX 470 and outperforms the more expensive Radeon HD 5870 in the first test. But taking a more pragmatic view of the situation, we can see that the Palit does not open new opportunities for the gamer. The resolution of 1600x900 pixels is still the only playable one at the highest graphics quality settings. The bottom speed is too low at the higher resolutions.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

The overclocked Palit Sonic Platinum is only inferior to the Radeon HD 5870 at 2560x1600, and the gap is very small there. Unfortunately, it cannot keep the frame rate playable at the highest resolution. On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget that we are talking about a cut-down GF104 chip with a few disabled subunits.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Our overclocking is not as rewarding here as in the previous tests, yet the Palit card is still impressive, beating the GeForce GTX 470 at two out of the three resolutions. We guess that if the frequency potential of the GF104 improves and its disabled subunits are turned on, it will make the GeForce GTX 470 outdated!

Crysis Warhead

The Palit delivers the best bottom speed at 1920x1080. We’d call that a sensation if the frame rate were higher than 21 fps, which is below playable. It’s a shame we couldn’t overclock our sample even higher than 900 MHz!

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