Performance in Real-Time Strategy
Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
Palit’s cards are in the lead here. The Radeon HD 4870 can only get close to them at 1920x1200. However, this Radeon is more expensive while the overclocked Palit is still a little ahead of it.
Like some other projects from EA, Spore has an integrated frame rate limiter, so you should compare the bottom speeds of the cards in the first place.
The Radeon HD 4800 series cards win this test as they reach the frame rate limit at all resolutions. The GeForce 9800 GTX+ have lower bottom speeds even at 1680x1050. At a resolution of 1920x1200 the GeForce 9800 GTX+ may slow down to below comfortable level. Overclocking helps improve the average speed somewhat but the bottom speed is still too low. Thus, overclocking makes no practical difference in this game.
World in Conflict
The speeds are overall low in this test, so the resolution of 1280x1024 is the most interesting one. Here, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ doesn’t accelerate much at the overclocked frequencies but delivers a good bottom speed, allowing you to play comfortably. The Radeon HD 4800 cards have lower speeds and you can feel the difference in practice.