Tom Clancy’s Endwar uses an enhanced Unreal 3 engine that looks very good on-screen. This game really isn’t ideal for benchmarking because its frame rate is capped at 30 FPS. This is typical for current real-time strategy games and limits setting options for benchmarking to a narrow range.
Nevertheless, we observed that it was possible to push frame rates below 30 FPS in Replay Kopenhagen. We could only use the 1920x1200 resolution without AA–in that case, the 3D engine and the fastest graphics cards all had enough headroom to hit the 30 FPS limit, which produced identical results for all contenders. Borderline cards in this category include the GeForce 9800 GTX+, which achieved frame rates of 29.5 FPS. Any faster cards were clipped to 30 FPS, although they probably could have delivered at least a few more frames per second without the 30 FPS cap.
When AA was turned on our measurements were more meaningful, since the replay could load even the most powerful graphics cards more heavily. The top-end graphics chip classes are sure to hit the 30 FPS ceiling more often. At the bottom of the range, results are less ambiguous–if a graphics card lacks sufficient power, a difference of 10 FPS means a 30% decrease in performance. The High setting was as high as we could go for graphics quality.
- Give Up A Little Performance? Sure.
- Graphics Chips Compared Plus Test Configurations
- HIS H487QT1GP ICEQ4+ (Radeon HD 4870 1,024 MB)
- Sapphire HD4850 1G (Radeon HD 4850 1,024 MB)
- Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4870 2G (Radeon HD 4870 2,048 MB)
- Zotac GTS250 1 GB (GeForce GTS 250 1,024 MB)
- Zotac GTX 260 (GeForce GTX 260 896 MB)
- Benchmark Results: Fallout 3
- Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2
- Benchmark Results: F.E.A.R. 2
- Benchmark Results: Left 4 Dead
- Benchmark Results: The Last Remnant
- Benchmark Results: Tom Clancy’s Endwar
- Benchmark Results: Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark06 1280x1024 Default
- Overall Performance
- Power Consumption, Noise Levels, And Temperature Readings
- 3D Performance, Ranked By Resolution And AA Settings
- GeForce GTX 260: Small Price, Big Performance