Sid Meier’s Civilization V
The Radeon HD 6790 outperforms its closest market opponent in Civilization V by 9 to 19% depending on the graphics quality settings. It is also 16-19% faster than the HD 5770 and 12-13% slower than the HD 6850. The latter card is equal to the Radeon HD 6870 when overclocked.
We’ve got a different picture in F1 2010. The GeForce GTX 550 Ti is slower not only than the Radeon HD 6790 but also than the cheaper HD 5770. The GeForce GTX 460 is the only Nvidia solution to be competitive here, at least in the FSAA-less mode.
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2
Nvidia’s solutions are overall better than their AMD counterparts in this game. The GTX 550 Ti is 11-13% faster than the Radeon HD 6790 and competes with the Radeon HD 6850 whereas the GTX 460 is only challenged by the more expensive Radeon HD 6870 in one out of the four test modes.
I used Adrenalin Crysis 2 Benchmark Tool 0.15 for this test.
I selected the Very High settings. The frame rate was not affected by any kind of antialiasing, so the diagrams show the results without 16x MSAA. I enabled anisotropic filtering in the driver’s control panel.
The Radeon HD 6790 is equal to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in terms of average frame rate but has a somewhat higher bottom speed. These cards make the game more or less playable but I want to remind you that Crysis 2 does not support DirectX 11. The Radeon HD 6790 is 11% faster than the HD 5770 and 15% slower than the HD 6850. When overclocked, the latter card is close to the reference Radeon HD 6870, the overclocked GeForce GTX 460 winning this test.
Warhammer 40 000 Dawn of War II: Retribution
The Radeon HD 6790 beats the GeForce GTX 550 Ti once again, enjoying an advantage up to 27%. The new card from AMD is also 10% faster than the HD 5770 and 12-20% slower than the HD 6850. AMD’s solutions are overall superior to their Nvidia counterparts in this game.