Performance in Simulators
DirectX 11 feature-rich Formula 1 2010 racing simulator preferred AMD hardware before and does so again. The only concern here is that there is no real benefit of having a Radeon HD 6990 graphics card over Radeon HD 5970 based solution. Both can be considered leaders in this test and both show roughly the same performance. Nvidia does manage to outperform AMD based product in 1600x900 but as demands for computing power grow with resolution size, GeForce GTX 580 starts to struggle.
Performance in Strategies
PC strategy games might have been secondary in the past, but now things have changed significantly. BattleForge video game was one of the first applications to support DirectX 11 API and time after time proved to be a hard nut to crack for contemporary graphics cards. Radeon HD 6990 does a great job at beating its opponents. Keeping in mind that usually strategy games are played at 30 fps, Radeon HD 6990 is a true overkill here.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
When StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty hit the shelves it turned out that contemporary graphics cards could not really keep up with its demands. For the most part this was due to a significant amount of cut scenes where 30 fps mark was just too for smooth gameplay. AMD Radeon HD 6990 is the first single graphics card that is capable of maintaining an average of 60 fps even in 2560x1600 resolution with FSAA 4x enabled.
Total War: Shogun 2
The next Total War: Shogun 2 strategy game is going to be a certain hit, but until then let’s see how well contemporary hardware can cope with it. Since the game boasts one of the most complex graphics engines not only in the strategy department but as a whole it comes to no surprise that overall framerate is so unimpressive.