Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions along with fast game play. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10-minute long game play demo was recorded and replayed on each of the GPU's using the /timedemo command a total of 5 times. The highest and lowest FPS results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Wow. Surely the GTX260 should not be beating the GTX280? Well let me assure you it does in COD4, and by quite a margin. The extra stream processors coupled with the latest drivers have improved the Nvidia camp's frames per second dramatically. The GTX260 Black Edition, it seems, is the evolution we were hoping for. Cost per frame all are pretty much evenly matched, apart from the overpriced GTX280 which struggles to cope with the competition.
BioShock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine, it has a large amount of advanced DirectX techniques including excellent water rendering and superb lighting and smoke techniques. All results were recorded using F.R.A.P.S with a total of 5 identical runs through the same area of the game. The highest and lowest results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Again, the GTX260 Black Edition shows its strength. If Nvidia can repeat these performances over the next few games, then ATI might need to sit up and take notice. If this refresh is anything to go by, then the mighty 4870x2 could be dethroned if rumours of a dual core GTX260 are to be believed. The GTX280 once again shows that it is massively overpriced compared to its rivals.
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