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Aliens Vs. Predator: DirectX 11 Game Performance Analyzed

Test System And Settings

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
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (Bloomfield), 2.67 GHz, QPI-4200, 8MB Shared L3 CacheOverclocked to 3.06 GHz @ 153 MHz BCLK
MotherboardASRock X58 SuperComputer Intel X58, BIOS P1.90
NetworkingOnboard Realtek Gigabit LAN controller
MemoryKingston PC3-10700 3 x 1,024MB, DDR3-1225, CL 9-9-9-22-1T
GraphicsReference Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR3Gigabyte  GeForce 9600 GT 1GB DDR3Reference Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR5Gigabyte GeForce 8800 GT 512MB DDR3 (representing GeForce 9800 GT)Asus ENGTS250 DK 1GB DDR3XFX Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5Asus ENGTX260 796MB DDR3Reference Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition 1GB GDDR5PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 LCS 1GB GDDR5*all clock rates have been set to reference specifications for the purpose of benchmarking
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar WD50 00AAJS-00YFA, 500GB, 7,200 RPM, 8MB cache, SATA 3.0 Gb/s
PowerThermaltake Toughpower 1,200W1,200W, ATX 12V 2.2, EPS 12v 2.91
Software and Drivers
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX versionDirectX 11
Graphics DriversAMD Catalyst 10.3 Preview with the Jan. 21 Catalyst profile update and Nvidia GeForce Driver 197.13