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Just Cause 2

The situation in Just Cause 2 game is exactly the same as in Metro 2033: The Last Refuge.

Aliens vs. Predator (2010)

The picture in Aliens vs. Predator game is very similar to what we have observed in Metro 2033: The Last Refuge:

The GPU performance is of utmost importance in this test, and not their dependence on the frequency. Therefore, even though MSI R7870 has a colossal frequency advantage over the Radeon HD 7950, it barely catches up with it in performance. It is a different story with PowerColor PCS+ HD 7850: it easily outperforms Radeon HD 7870. However, the reason for this success is obvious: the performance difference between the reference Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 is significantly lower than between HD 7950 and HD 7870. XFX Radeon HD 7770 BE again cannot reach Radeon HD 7850, because the performance difference between Pitcairn Pro and Cape Verde XT is way too big. Moreover, the 128 bit bus does have its say in the results, too.

Lost Planet 2

The performance levels of all HD 78xx graphics cards participating in this test session are very close in Lost Planet 2 game. I would also like to point out that Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores did very well here, while XFX Radeon HD 7770 BE demonstrated pretty low results.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Nothing special happened in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. And as for the disturbingly low performance of AMD Radeon in test modes with enabled antialiasing - we have already got used t that.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V

It is strange that the overclocked MSI R7870 not only didn’t outrun the HD 7950, but even lost to the junior HD 7870 from PowerColor in Sid Meier’s Civilization V. We rechecked the results, but nothing changed. I have to admit that in my opinion this is some really low performance boost from overclocking for MSI card in this game.

Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 core, which looked awesome in the test mode without antialiasing, gave in to the 8x antialiasing. And XFX Radeon HD 7770 BE holds its positions with confidence, though there isn’t much competition there in the today’s test session.

Total War: Shogun 2

The graphics card act differently in two test modes of the Total War: Shogun 2 game. While the overclocked MSI R7870 is very fast in test modes without antialiasing and outperforms Radeon HD 7950, it can’t catch up with it any more as soon as we turn on MSAA 8x. PowerColor PCS+ HD 7850, on the contrary, falls behind Radeon HD 7870 in the test mode without MSAA, but demonstrates the exact same performance in with MSAA 8x. The only testing participant, whose positions remain the same throughout this test, is XFX Radeon HD 7770 BE – it is the last one, as usual. Obviously, no matter how far you overclock your Radeon HD 7770, you can’t push it to the level of an HD 7850.

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