In the hope that the secondary features are, well, secondary it's time to pull on our gaming mask and see if there is a secret frame-monster hiding under the plastic.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Taking up the OC3D benchmark suite first person war-gaming mantle from Modern Warfare 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BBC2) is a visual feast with varied missions, great gunplay and a solid online component. It also has the handy benefit of pushing the hardware further than MW2 could, hence its new found place amongst our lineup.
With all of our settings as high as they could go we took on the village early on in the campaign game. Trying to hold off the enemy whilst waiting for the tank to be blown up is a delight. The GTX465 gave a much better showing of itself here. Despite giving 9 frames up to the HD5850 the engine is robust enough that in gameplay it wasn't as noticable as it might appear. Of course graphs don't lie, but it's worth noting that it played smoothly enough.
Warhead with all it's Physx wonder should be a far happier hunting ground for the GTX465.
Finally we have a victory for the GTX465 over its direct competitor. It might only be 2FPS at average, but at this stage we'll take anything we can get. The Physx really shows its capabilities with the minimum framerate. Thanks to so much load being taken off the CPU the framerate is pretty rock stead throughout and makes for a much more pleasant playing experience.
Need For Speed Shift
Shift is definitely a game that if you're benchmarking at home you need to take care with. A few tweaks in the ATI drivers mean that running with the Catalyst AI on will give better results at the cost of a little image quality. Of course we always run with it off, but it's worth noting.
Once again the HD5850 shows its brute horsepower by standing atop the podium. The GTX465 is closer than it's been through most of the tests and still capable of smashing out incredible framerates at this level of quality.
Finally one of our favourites, Dirt 2. You know things aren't going well when the HD5770, by any measure a budget card, is closer to your solution than the identically priced card from your competition.
Before we entirely lose the will to live let's wrap this up.