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Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters

Aliens vs. Predator

Straight from the word "Go" our hero wastes no time and establishes its dominance across the board. Nvidia's most impressive GeForce GTX 580, despite having a more powerful tessellating unit, has no real chance in any resolution. At the same time, please note that even dual-chip solutions have difficulty coping with 2560x1600 resolution, as 50 fps mark is considered to be low for an video game of this genre.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam

If you are not one of the few proud owners of a 30" display, then spending $699 makes little sense for a Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam fan. Competing solutions provide roughly the same level of comport for a significantly lower price in lower resolutions. Please note that AMD Radeon HD 6990 running in “Enhance” mode is almost 2x faster than the graphics card it is based on - Radeon HD 6970, which can be attributed to excellent driver coding and robust scaling algorithms employed in the CrossFire X protocols.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

An outdated game engine has little to offer in terms of extreme calculations. Because of this, not only Radeon HD 6990 has nowhere to stretch its legs, but even Radeon HD 6970 as well as competing GeForce GTX 580 have no problems keeping up with our hero. If you are not planning on using FSAA-heavy modes in this particular game, the latest AMD dual-chip solution is going to sit idle in your rig for the most part.

Crysis Warhead

With Crysis 2 just around the corner let’s check how well Radeon HD 6990 can cope with what is still regarded by many as the toughest video game on the planet. Remarkably, 2560x1600 resolution is unplayable even for our AMD Radeon HD 6990 monster. Even though none of the competitors come anywhere close to its 40 fps, it still may be considered a failure. You might need to lower your in-game quality settings on a brand new AMD leviathan.

Metro 2033

This game is tested without multisampling antialiasing as it worsens the textures and provokes a performance hit.

While Metro 2033 video game may be less popular than Crysis, it is still able to put a lot of stress on your graphics card. Our hero can proudly sport the number one tag, as it has no direct rivals at the moment. GeForce GTX 580 tries to compete due to high in-game tessellation, but succeeds only in 1600x900 resolution. The elusive 2560x1600 comfort once again seems unattainable for current graphics cards.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

The Zone is the only home a Stalker knows and GeForce GTX 580 is the only graphics card a true S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fan would ever use. It seems that AMD's CrossFireX technology misfires on this particular title. We would not call 60-70 fps level unplayable, but it is clear that the driver department has to address some lack of performance demonstrated by the dual chip Radeon graphics cards.

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