HIS vs EVGA Midrange Gaming Face Off Review


Midrange Gaming Shootout


The latest in the Tom Clancy branded games is the follow-up to HAWX, about the nearest thing to the Ace Combat series available on the PC. This version is focusing upon the DX11 tessellation function as its primary selling point, but the current version of the benchmark doesn't support this as an option.

Single GPU - Stock Speeds

We often berate ports of console based games, and will do severely in a couple of pages time, for not taking full advantage of PC Hardware. However there is no denying that HAWX 2 is a stunning looking game. Even better it fairly flies (haha) along well above the 100 frames per second mark. Thanks to the amount of eye-candy going on both the "bigger" cards on test here, the GTX460 1GB and Radeon HD6870 pull ahead. The 1GB GTX460 in particular has a strong lead, although all of the cards happily turn and burn.


Single GPU - Overclocked

Moving away from flying puns and onto our overclocked tests we again find the 768MB GTX460 to be really responsive to the extra performance available from the overclock as it just edges ahead of the HD6870.


Dual GPU - Stock

Because of its roots as a console game, and therefore designed around a single GPU, HAWX 2 definitely doesn't make the most of a twin card setup. There is an improvement to be seen of course, but nowhere near some of the big gains we've seen on previous pages. The biggest winner is again the smaller GTX460 which started out at the back and just about overtakes its big brother here. 3 frames at these speeds isn't exactly anything to write home about, but it shows how little stress the Ubisoft game is putting on the cards.


Dual GPU - Overclocked

Although Tessellation is unavailable in this demo, we're pretty sure that it's on by default. With the cards overclocked both the nVidia options are well ahead of their Radeon counterparts and up around 300 FPS maximum, which is just ludicrous. You could probably run HAWX 2 in 3D on three 30" monitors and still happily fly along above 60FPS.

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Most Recent Comments

29-10-2010, 04:01:46

So looks like GTX460 is still worth to buy.Quote

29-10-2010, 05:51:01

This is what I call a hard core review load of charts & game tests, I just hope your payslips justify your mass effort & I just want to let you know your efforts are much appreciated with us the readers; next month is going to be epic with the new GeForce GTX 580 & AMD Radeon 6970 so I’d recommend going to the gym to be in shape because we don’t want anybody collapsing during the tests from lack of sleep.


29-10-2010, 06:51:22

I'm wondering when Quad Xfire would start to make sense.Quote

29-10-2010, 07:10:18

Originally Posted by Todd View Post

I'm wondering when Quad Xfire would start to make sense.
Never. Who is going to drop £800 on four 6870s?

Maybe a few. But I don't know any one with four GPUs apart from Diablo and AMD are not going to waste loads of money in resources to cater to one in fifty (at the most) people.

The problem is it's out of AMD/Nvidia's hands any way. It all falls back to game coders and none of them will bother. Why would you? That's like having a thousand English people in a hotel and because there's one German there you make Bratwurst and Sauercraut for all of them. It's just a waste of time and money for pretty much every one involved. Game makers, GPU manufacturers and so on. Take into account that Obsidian just released Fallout : New Vegas with all of the bugs problems and issues from the initial release of Fallout 3. If they were to get it perfect and get quadfire in there it would have taken ten years, not two. Take into account how long Valve have their games in development trying to get them perfect..

Going back to the review.. Crikey. I can not even begin to imagine the ammount of work that went into testing so many different configurations. Hats off guys, this is some of your best work yet. Also -

[editors note: like Hanibal & Murdock]

Who is the crazy one? hehe that bit made me laugh. I can just see one of you dancing around the test bed.

Also -


Interracial GPU gangbang ahoy !


29-10-2010, 08:01:43

VB is deffo Murdock, he would be really offended if I said it was any other way Quote

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