Call of Duty 4
While the GTX 280 placed high with Call of Duty 4, beating the 9800 GTX by between 41% (1920*1200) and 91% (2560*1600 + filters), the 9800 GX2 put up a good fight. It even surpassed the 280 at 1920*1200 (and by a hefty 17%), probably due to its greater number of texture units, which was the only theoretical value for which the recent Nvidia bi-GPU card had the advantage over the new cards. On a 30" display, the memory bandwidth and especially the doubled memory quantity gave the GTX 280 the lead in extremis, but only with 4X antialiasing enabled (the game was still playable). That led us to start suspecting we might have some close results testing these cards… Note that the GTX 260 had a 21 to 28% lag behind its big sister, which is in line with its specifications; it was well ahead of the 8800 Ultra, but clearly behind the 9800 GX2 in this test.