Half-Life 2: Episode Two
Like in most of the previous tests, the performance growth is 10-11%, which is good considering the small frequency growth. Except for 2560x1600, this is enough for the Zotac card to compete with the Radeon HD 4870 X2. The choice is simple: if you need the highest performance possible, go for ATI’s solution. But if the latter’s power draw of 260 watts doesn’t sound good to you, you can buy the Zotac and have the same level of comfort at lower power consumption.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
The game doesn’t support FSAA when you enable the dynamic lighting model, but loses much of its visual appeal with the static model. This is the reason why we benchmarked the cards in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. using anisotropic filtering only.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 280 AMP! is as fast as the Radeon HD 4870 X2 but cannot win the test. ATI stands firm on the field where Nvidia used to be unrivalled. But you should keep it in mind that the Zotac requires less power, comes with a quieter cooler, and costs less than its opponent.