Mass Effect 2

Electronic Arts’ space-faring RPG is our Unreal Engine 3 game. While it doesn’t have a built in benchmark, it does let us force anti-aliasing through driver control panels, giving us a better idea of UE3’s performance at higher quality settings. Since we can’t use a recording/benchmark in ME2, we use FRAPS to record a short run.

Coming from our past games, Mass Effect 2 throws us a bit of a curveball as it’s the only other game where the GTX 570 has any kind of remarkable disadvantage compared to the GTX 480; albeit tiny, the GTX 570 trails the GTX 480 by around 4% here. This is also one of the smaller advantages for the GTX 570 over the GTX 470, showing a smaller 17% gain. From what we’re seeing with the GTX 500 series, it looks to be the game in our suite most likely to be memory bandwidth bottlenecked.

With that memory bottleneck the GTX 570 doesn’t have a chance to run too far ahead of its AMD competition. At 1920 the performance advantage over the 5870 is only 13%, and of course the SLI/CF cards do quite well here by over 35%.

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  • kanthu - Thursday, December 09, 2010 - link

    Ryan Smith from his conclusion
    "As with the GTX 580 we’d pick the simplicity of a single-GPU setup over the potential performance advantages of a multi-GPU setup, but this is as always a personal decision."

    Going with dual GPUs (specifically nvidia) has it advantages. You get to experience nvidia 3D surround. Yeah I know the additional costs the additional monitors etc that this entails. If GTX 460 1GB SLI can bring so much to the table, I can only imagine what the GTX 560 1 GB SLI can do when it comes.

    I only wish the development on the display side catches up with the development on the GPU side (now that AMD has only jumped on the 3D bandwagon).
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  • owbert - Thursday, December 09, 2010 - link

    Anandtech, thank you for including a F@H benchmark.

    Thumbs for the continuous great work.
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  • Shala3 - Sunday, December 19, 2010 - link

    Anand:

    In this sentence

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    The GTX 570 is fast enough to justify its position and the high-end card price premium, but at $100 over the GTX 470 and Radeon HD 5870 you’re paying a lot for that additional 20-25% in performance.
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    did u mean a performance difference detween 5870 & 5870 is 25% ???
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  • szore - Monday, April 25, 2011 - link

    I bought my BFG GTX 570 a few weeks ago and I am thrilled with it. Reply

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