Call Of Duty: Ghosts Graphics Performance: 17 Cards, Tested

Test Hardware: Graphics Cards And Platform

As always, we strive to represent game performance across a wide range of graphics hardware. We include cards ranging from the low-end Radeon HD 6450 and GeForce GT 210 to the powerful Radeon R9 290X, HD 7990, GeForce GTX Titan, and 690.

We had a couple of openings in our hardware line-up, but graphics card manufacturer XFX came to the rescue and supplied a few samples for this review:

XFX Radeon R9 290X Core Edition

Currently, all Radeon R9 290X cards bear AMD's reference thermal solution, but this is the board XFX is branding. Armed with 4 GB of 1250 MHz GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit bus, it also features 2560 shaders, 160 texture units, 64 ROPs, and greatly improved geometry processing capabilities compared to its predecessor.

XFX Radeon R9 280X Double Edition

This Radeon R9 280X is equipped with XFX's Double Dissipation cooling solution, known for quiet and efficient operation thanks to dual 100 mm fans. It sports 3 GB of GDDR5 on a 384-bit bus and AMD's Tahiti GPU. While it's not as fast as the R9 290 family, it's still as capable as the Radeon HD 7970 we know so well.

XFX Radeon HD 7990 Core Edition

It might be considered a previous-generation card but, the Radeon HD 7990 remains AMD's fastest dual-slot graphics card. Essentially two Radeon HD 7970s on a single PCB, this beast's dual Tahiti GPU setup adds up to 4096 shaders, 256 texture units, and 64 ROPs. 

We all know that graphics cards like the Radeon HD 7990 require a substantial amount of power, so XFX sent along its PRO850W 80 PLUS Bronze-certified power supply. This modular PSU employs a single +12 V rail rated for 70 A. XFX claims that this unit provides 850 W of continuous power (not peak) at 50 degrees Celsius (notably higher than the inside of most enclosures).

We've almost exclusively eliminated mechanical disks in the lab, preferring solid-state storage for eliminating I/O-related bottlenecks. Samsung sent all of our labs 256 GB 840 Pros, so we standardize on these exceptional SSDs.



CPU
Intel Core i5-2550K (Sandy Bridge), Overclocked to 4.2 GHz @ 1.3 V
Motherboard
Asus P8Z77-V LX, LGA 1155, Chipset: Intel Z77M
Networking
On-Board Gigabit LAN controller
Memory
AMD Gamer Series Memory, 2 x 4 GB, 1866 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-24-1T
Graphics
GeForce 210 1 GB DDR3
GeForce GT 630 512 MB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 670 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 770 2 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX Titan 6 GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 690 4 GB GDDR5

Radeon HD 6450 512 MB GDDR5
Radeon HD 6670 512 MB DDR3
Radeon HD 7770 1 GB GDDR5
Radeon R7 260X 1 GB GDDR5
Radeon R9 270 2 GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 7950 Boost 3 GB GDDR5
Radeon R9 280X 3 GB GDDR5
Radeon R9 290X 4 GB GDDR5
Radeon HD 7990 6 GB GDDR5
Hard Drive
Samsung 840 Pro, 256 GB SSD, SATA 6Gb/s
Power
XFX PRO850W, ATX12V, EPS12V
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics Drivers
AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2, Nvidia GeForce 331.65 WHQL
Benchmarks
Call Of Duty: Ghosts
Custom THG Benchmark, 60-second Fraps run
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  • animeman59
    Been playing this game on PC ever since it's release, and I gotta say, this is probably one of the worst performing games that I've ever seen. I'm running an FX-8350, a GTX 780, and 32GB of RAM, and this game will still dip below 45fps. I don't care what anyone says, but CoD and IW6 should be running with no issues on a rig like that. It's a little suspicious when I can get 60fps consistent on a game like Battlefield 4 with max settings, but CoD:Ghosts stutters like Porky Pig. Even Metro: Last Light runs better than CoD:Ghosts!

    This game is horribly optimized and buggy. People on Steam forums have been complaining about game-breaking bugs from day one, and there's still issues that haven't been answered for, yet. Like the one in Squad Mode where you can't use any of your squad members in a game, except for the first one. Or the earlier bug where people couldn't even create their first soldier, because they didn't have 3 squad points to unlock it, hence locking them out of multiplayer.

    Skip out on this game. Infinity Ward obviously doesn't care about the PC market, and their horrible release just further solidifies that fact. Spend your money on a MP shooter that doesn't insult it's audience.
    25
  • Amdlova
    i think i will use mine 670 for more 5 years...
    11
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  • Amdlova
    i think i will use mine 670 for more 5 years...
    11
  • jimmysmitty
    Quote:
    I think it's safe to say that Call of Duty defined, and then refined, the console-based first-person shooter experience


    It is funny to see this as CoD1 and CoD2 were originally PC games. CoD2 was the first to be ported to the 360 but CoD3 was the first multi-console one of the series, with no release on the PC.

    I loved 1 and 2 and 4 was pretty good but now CoD is just the same thing every year. It's just a cash cow currently with no innovation while 1 & 2 were very innovative (CoD1 was the first to have real recorded sounds for every gun used in the game).

    I haven't done a CoD since 2. It's too bad as it could have been a great series if it didn't become console and money centric.

    Also, on page 9 the chart for the FPS says Battlefield 4......
    7
  • lunyone
    If you have a PhII x4 965 BE, you can just OC it to get a bit more FPS if you like, so there is that option. Obviously you want more CPU, but not all of us have the $ to do so.
    1
  • Cons29
    my last cod was mw2 which i stopped playing due to lack of dedicated server. The last i enjoyed was cod4.

    bf is much better (personal opinion), 64 players on a huge map with vehicles and desctructions, better than cod
    2
  • Frank Zigfreed
    Loving these game graphics performance reviews!!! keep them coming tomshardware!!
    B
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  • animeman59
    Been playing this game on PC ever since it's release, and I gotta say, this is probably one of the worst performing games that I've ever seen. I'm running an FX-8350, a GTX 780, and 32GB of RAM, and this game will still dip below 45fps. I don't care what anyone says, but CoD and IW6 should be running with no issues on a rig like that. It's a little suspicious when I can get 60fps consistent on a game like Battlefield 4 with max settings, but CoD:Ghosts stutters like Porky Pig. Even Metro: Last Light runs better than CoD:Ghosts!

    This game is horribly optimized and buggy. People on Steam forums have been complaining about game-breaking bugs from day one, and there's still issues that haven't been answered for, yet. Like the one in Squad Mode where you can't use any of your squad members in a game, except for the first one. Or the earlier bug where people couldn't even create their first soldier, because they didn't have 3 squad points to unlock it, hence locking them out of multiplayer.

    Skip out on this game. Infinity Ward obviously doesn't care about the PC market, and their horrible release just further solidifies that fact. Spend your money on a MP shooter that doesn't insult it's audience.
    25
  • lunyone
    Anonymous said:
    Been playing this game on PC ever since it's release, and I gotta say, this is probably one of the worst performing games that I've ever seen. I'm running an FX-8350, a GTX 780, and 32GB of RAM, and this game will still dip below 45fps. I don't care what anyone says, but CoD and IW6 should be running with no issues on a rig like that. It's a little suspicious when I can get 60fps consistent on a game like Battlefield 4 with max settings, but CoD:Ghosts stutters like Porky Pig. Even Metro: Last Light runs better than CoD:Ghosts!

    This game is horribly optimized and buggy. People on Steam forums have been complaining about game-breaking bugs from day one, and there's still issues that haven't been answered for, yet. Like the one in Squad Mode where you can't use any of your squad members in a game, except for the first one. Or the earlier bug where people couldn't even create their first soldier, because they didn't have 3 squad points to unlock it, hence locking them out of multiplayer.

    Skip out on this game. Infinity Ward obviously doesn't care about the PC market, and their horrible release just further solidifies that fact. Spend your money on a MP shooter that doesn't insult it's audience.


    Quake or Unreal Tournament, anyone?
    -2
  • smeezekitty
    LOL @ NVidia frame variance
    -5
  • oxiide
    Anonymous said:
    LOL @ NVidia frame variance


    I get that you're trying to phrase that as an AMD fanboy taking a shot at Nvidia, but frame variance is all over the place in this review. There's AMD hardware all over those charts too, not just clustered at the low end.

    These frame variance numbers often aren't even logical—the HD 7990, with lower frame variance than a single HD 7950? A GTX 690 doing better than a single 670? I think its clear that the quality of Infinity Ward's PC port is a factor here, and maybe that's more important than pouncing on Nvidia's mistakes.
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  • bemused_fred
    Anonymous said:
    . I'm running an FX-8350, a GTX 780, and 32GB of RAM,


    A mediocre-CPU with a top end GPU and too much RAM? I FOUND YOUR PROBLEM!
    -9
  • The_Trutherizer
    All my friends hated, but hated, the graphics and they are now playing the new battlefield. The only good thing I heard was that the game lobby was well designed.

    Successful or not the future success of this franchise has taken a hit from ghost. Diablo3 also had massive sales figures. And now Blizzard will have to come up with a miracle to generate the same amount of hype that accompanied the Diablo3 pre-launch. That franchise is practically dead in the water.
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  • smeezekitty
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    LOL @ NVidia frame variance


    I get that you're trying to phrase that as an AMD fanboy taking a shot at Nvidia, but frame variance is all over the place in this review. There's AMD hardware all over those charts too, not just clustered at the low end.


    It was not completely serious. I am just sick of some of the some of the NVidia fanboys that always bash AMD for frame variance.

    I do have an AMD bias but lately I am a bit disappointed with BOTH AMD and NVidia.
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  • silverblue
    CPU scaling can't be THAT good if the difference between the FX-8350 and FX-6300 is practically limited to clock speed. What are those extra two integer cores and FlexFPU doing?

    The FX chips require a clock speed bump to keep parity with Intel, which is a tall order given that it looks as if each chip is using its turbo mode frequently and there's a pretty hefty IPC disadvantage on AMD's side. The FX-4170's poor showing could be because it's a Bulldozer part as opposed to Piledriver, whereas the PII doesn't have a turbo mode to begin with.
    2
  • Traciatim
    I thought these next gen games are supposed to be finally where AMD destroys Intel... at least that's what the AMD fanatics kept saying. Now that they are here we have the 8350 just barely passing by an i3, just like it's always been. Then it gets beaten by an even wider margin using a stock i5 that's 2 gens old. Where's the destruction? I want some CPU fighting so that we finally see some performance progress again.
    -5
  • Anonymous
    Where would a 7870 GHz edition fall? Just below the 7950 boost?
    4
  • bucknutty
    The Geforce 210 would not launch the game because it can not run DX11. Ghosts is DX11 only. My older gamming system is a q9650 with 3 GTS250s in 3 way sli. It wont launch the game. Any one know of a hack to trick this game into running in DX9 or DX10?
    0
  • cleeve
    Anonymous said:
    Where would a 7870 GHz edition fall? Just below the 7950 boost?


    7870 GHz is virtually identical to the Radeon R9 270, a teeny bit slower than the R9 270X we tested.
    2
  • expl0itfinder
    It seems terribly unoptimized. The low framerates are by no means justified by the graphics fidelity.
    0
  • 17seconds
    The game patch this week added PhysX effects. Would be nice to see how that impacts the visuals and performance.
    1