Performance in Strategies
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
The game having a frame rate limiter, you should consider the min speeds of the cards in the first place. This parameter determines your playing comfort in Command & Conquer 3 .
The new $399 product from AMD is just as good as the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX in both minimum and average speeds in every resolution. This strategy is going to run smoothly on the Radeon HD 2900 HD.
Company of Heroes
We tested the game in the pure speed mode with enabled anisotropic filtering only, because it has problems when you turn on FSAA.
The ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT seems to be not much worse than the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX: from 6-7% in 1280x1024 and 1920x1200 to 10% in 1600x1200. The minimum speed of the new card is disappointing, though. It is not higher than 13fps in any of the tested resolutions. Even the ex-flagship Radeon X1950 XTX delivers a higher min speed, similar to the GeForce 8800 GTS. So, although the Radeon HD 2900 XT has a high average speed, it does not ensure comfortable gaming conditions, at least with the current driver.
Unfortunately, the Radeon HD 2900 XT is no faster than the Radeon X1950 XTX in Supreme Commander . We’ve seen in the other games that the new card from AMD is capable of more, so this must be due to some problem in the Catalyst driver. Hopefully this issue will be corrected soon.