Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2
Here is the second game in this test session, after StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, where the GeForce GTX 580 comes out the winner. The game’s engine obviously prefers Nvidia’s architecture to AMD’s. Otherwise, the standings are normal: the new AMD card is 33-60% ahead of the Radeon HD 6970 and gets an 18-22% performance boost when overclocked.
Total War: Shogun 2
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is impressively fast in Total War: Shogun 2. The GeForce GTX 580 used to find it difficult to compete with the Radeon HD 6970, so the newer Radeon enjoys an even larger advantage, up to 62%.
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is better than the GeForce GTX 580 in DiRT 3, yet the gap isn’t as large as in the previous tests. It amounts to 10-18% only. The new card isn’t much faster than the Radeon HD 6970, either. The difference varies from 21 to 29% depending on the visual quality and resolution settings. The scalability is all right, though. The Radeon HD 7970 again gets a 21-22% performance boost from overclocking.
Hard Reset Demo
There’s no clear winner in Hard Reset Demo. The GeForce GTX 580 looks somewhat better at 1920x1080 but the Radeon HD 6970 goes ahead at 2560x1600 and increases the gap even more when overclocked. Anyway, the new card is not really superior to its closest opponent in this test.
Batman: Arkham City
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is fast in Batman: Arkham City, too, but enjoys a smaller advantage over the GeForce GTX 580 and Radeon HD 6970 when we enable MSAA. For example, it's 47-58% faster than the HD 6970 in the MSAA-less mode but only 10-11% ahead with enabled MSAA. The same goes for the GeForce GTX 580. The drivers for the new graphics architecture seem to require some more polishing off.