Results: Grid 2 And Far Cry 3
Like most of Codemasters' racing titles, Grid 2 is platform-limited at all but the highest resolutions and detail levels. In fact, it's so sensitive to memory bandwidth that the new build suffers a significant loss at default settings when the High-quality preset is used. Stepping up to the Ultra setting with 8x MSAA enabled transfers the limitation to the graphics subsystem. The GeForce GTX 970 doesn't show any real benefit until the 5760x1080 triple-monitor resolution.
Far Cry 3
More than any other game in our benchmark suite, Far Cry 3 leans heavily on graphics cards and is far less dependent on the host processor and memory. You can see how platform bound this title is at the high detail setting, but when details are increased to ultra the GeForce GTX 970 shows a significant lead up to 1080p.