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Aliens Vs. Predator: DirectX 11 Game Performance Analyzed

We tested a solid sample of cards from our Best Graphics Cards for the Money column, and even a few more. We tested Radeons from the Radeon HD 5570 to the Radeon HD 5870 and most of the cards in between. We also included Radeon HD 5850s in CrossFire mode. On the Nvidia side, we tested boards from the GeForce 9600 GT to the GeForce GTX 260.

We chose the newest available Nvidia 197.13 drivers and the Catalyst 10.3 preview drivers available at We don't usually opt for prerelease drivers, but AMD recommended the new 10.3 drivers, which can be mated to the new catalyst profile updates.

Graphic Test System

Intel Core i7-920 (Bloomfield), 2.67 GHz, QPI-4200, 8MB Shared L3 Cache
Overclocked to 3.06 GHz @ 153 MHz BCLK


ASRock X58 SuperComputer
Intel X58, BIOS P1.90

Onboard Realtek Gigabit LAN controller

Kingston PC3-10700
3 x 1,024MB, DDR3-1225, CL 9-9-9-22-1T


Reference Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR3
Gigabyte  GeForce 9600 GT 1GB DDR3
Reference Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR5
Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT 512MB DDR3 (representing GeForce 9800 GT)
XFX Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5
Asus ENGTX260 796MB DDR3
Reference Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5
XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition 1GB GDDR5
PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 LCS 1GB GDDR5

*all clock rates have been set to reference specifications for the purpose of benchmarking

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA,
500GB, 7,200 RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s


Thermaltake Toughpower 1,200W
1,200W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91

Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics Drivers

AMD Catalyst 10.3 Preview with the Jan. 21 Catalyst profile update and Nvidia GeForce Driver 197.13

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