Battlefield: Bad Company 2

The latest game in the Battlefield series - Bad Company 2 – remains as one of the cornerstone DX11 games in our benchmark suite. As BC2 doesn’t have a built-in benchmark or recording mode, here we take a FRAPS run of the jeep chase in the first act, which as an on-rails portion of the game provides very consistent results and a spectacle of explosions, trees, and more.

Even more so than HAWX, Bad Company 2 marks the closest we’ve seen the GTX 560 and the 6950 1GB. At 1920 the 6950 has a lead of under a frame per second, and it’s not until 1680 that we see the GTX 560 take any kind of lead. In this case both cards just pass the all-important 60fps mark at 1920, representing the bottom necessary for (more or less) fully fluid gameplay.

While we’re not generally interested in 2560 with the GTX 560, it is the only resolution that we run our Waterfall benchmark on, so we’ll quickly comment. NVIDIA normally does quite well here and the GTX 560 is no exception – even though it loses at this resolution on average, it’s 30% faster when it comes to minimums. We’ve seen the minimums in Crysis go the other way, so minimums seem just as game-dependent as the averages with all things considered.

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  • heflys - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    Well, at least they have the distinction of being the only site (that I've seen thus far) to say the 560 is faster than the 6950. It's just laughable, IMHO, that they'd feature several titles known to favor Nvidia (with results showing the 560 beating top-tier AMD cards), yet still reach the conclusion that the 560 is "faster" at stock.

    I've been slowly taking AT less and less seriously.........Thank goodness for their benching charts.
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  • ritalinkid18 - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    One thing I've noticed about the comments so far... every single person disagreeing with the conclusion ends up agreeing conclusion in their reasoning.

    i.e. "what games you play"

    "The deciding factor seems to come down to just how much to value noise and cooling (560) versus power consumption (6950), what games you play, and whether you’re currently invested in the NVIDIA (CUDA, 3D Vision) or AMD (Eyefinity) ecosystem."
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  • heflys - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    Well, in that case, Anand is contradicting themselves.....Since (using that logic) the 560 wouldn't be "a bit faster" in performance, or have the overall edge. In other words, they wouldn't be able to conclude which card is "faster." They're conclusion of "faster" is based on their own benchmarks. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    To be clear, on my master charts the GTX 560 Ti has an average of a 2% performance lead over the 6950 1GB at 1920, and a 10% performance lead at 1680. This doesn't preclude the fact that performance varies wildly by game; it only means that on average the GTX 560 Ti was faster. Reply
  • heflys - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    Not surprising looking at the results in HAWX, Civ 5 and Dirt 2. Reply
  • Touche - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - link

    That's just a terrible way to reach a performance conclusion, in so many ways. Then again, the number of people taking Anandtech's (GPU) reviews seriously is smaller every day. I miss the years it was practically my homepage and main reference point. Reply
  • dananski - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    I was puzzled by your comment (and others'). It seemed to me that while the 560 and 6950 1GB were changing relative position in the charts, the 560 really wins hard when it does win, so it would come out slightly above the 6950 on average.

    Plus, I'd prefer a card that does well every time (the 560) but gets slightly beaten occasionally, rather than a card that does well most of the time but really falls behind in certain games.
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  • heflys - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    People are always jaded when it comes to games that show a significant bias for a particular manufacturer. In the case of Civ 5, HAWX and Dirt 2 (as of late); these titles favor Nvidia products. If you look at the benches, the 560 is even beating a 6970 in some instances. Reply
  • qwsa - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    Anandtech has always had their nose up Nvidia and intels ass so no surprise there, but what a lousy conclusion to an awfull review. Apparently Anandtechs efforts to find good writers were in vane. Reply
  • silverblue - Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - link

    Please... let's not start this again... Reply

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