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.

Mass Effect 2 has always surprised us by just how strenuous it is, even though UE3 is intended to be flexible to reach a wide range of systems. Furthermore it doesn’t seem to benefit nearly as much from the GTX 580 as other games, with the performance advantage over the GTX 480 shrinking to around 13%. The ultimate victor ends up being the AMD multi-GPU setups, and farther above that still is the GTX 470 SLI.

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  • TonyB - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    But can it play Crysis? Reply
  • Etern205 - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    It already has a benchmark on Crysis...

    And it's no surprise as being the fastest Direct X 11 card in the single GPU category.
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  • mfenn - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    whoooosh Reply
  • deputc26 - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    "Red 580 Load" instead of "Ref 580 Load" at the top of the power temp & noise page. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    Let it go. Reply
  • taltamir - Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - link

    only in reduced quality, the specifically said it, and any other card on the market, can't play a maxed out crysis. Reply
  • B3an - Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - link

    It can play Crysis maxed out. If this thing can get 38FPS (playable) on "gamer quality" at 2560 res with 4xAA then it can certainly run crysis maxed out at the way lower 1080p res.

    The 480 that i owned could do this. And one of my 5870's can also do it...but with no AA.
    Reply
  • limonovich - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    more like gtx 485 Reply
  • Sihastru - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    And what would you call the 6870/6850? Reply
  • Goty - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - link

    The 6870 and 6850 since there were real architectural changes and there are still faster cards to come. Reply

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