Company of Heroes 2

Our second benchmark in our benchmark suite is Relic Games’ Company of Heroes 2, the developer’s World War II Eastern Front themed RTS. For Company of Heroes 2 Relic was kind enough to put together a very strenuous built-in benchmark that was captured from one of the most demanding, snow-bound maps in the game, giving us a great look at CoH2’s performance at its worst. Consequently if a card can do well here then it should have no trouble throughout the rest of the game.

Company of Heroes 2 - 3840x2160 - Low Quality

Company of Heroes 2 - 2560x1440 - Maximum Quality + Med. AA

Company of Heroes 2 - 1920x1080 - Maximum Quality + Med. AA

Company of Heroes 2 was one of the only games that the GTX 980 didn’t take a significant lead in, and consequently it’s one of the few games that GTX 970 will lose by a significant margin. With the exception of 1080p the stock GTX 970 can’t keep pace with the R9 290, let alone the R9 290XU. Overall NVIDIA’s second-tier card will trail the AMD flagship by 12%, which in the grand scheme of things is still going to be much narrower than the price difference.

In this case Company of Heroes 2 seems especially fond of shader performance. So the GTX 970 drops off by a bit more than in most other games, coming in at just 85% of the performance of GTX 980.

Company of Heroes 2 - Min. Frame Rate - 2560x1440 - Maximum Quality + Med. AA

Company of Heroes 2 - Min. Frame Rate - 2560x1440 - Maximum Quality + Med. AA

Company of Heroes 2 - Min. Frame Rate - 1920x1080 - Maximum Quality + Med. AA

With AMD already doing well on minimum framerates against the GTX 980, against the GTX 970 NVIDIA ends up further behind. When push comes to shove in this game’s hardest scenes, the GTX 970 buckles a bit more than the competition.

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  • thesid - Monday, November 10, 2014 - link

    I have a rig with i2600K and 16gigs of 12800ddr3 ram and a gtx 570, if i upgrade to the 970 gtx will it be bottlenecked by the rest of the components? Reply
  • atl - Friday, January 30, 2015 - link

    Under power consumption, i would like to have comparison of GPU only consumption also, not whole system. Reply
  • SeanJ76 - Monday, February 9, 2015 - link

    Yeah that 970GTX FTW is a damn good card. I was shocked at how close the performance gap was of the 970 FTW and the 980(although this has always been the case with the FTW versions). Reply
  • sheriff12 - Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - link

    I'm MAD! When I first looked at the Gigabyte GTX 970 on a month ago, it was $308, now it's $348. Just because sales are good, does that mean they should gouge the consumer for all they can? Reply
  • thelategamer - Friday, May 5, 2017 - link

    Here's my honest review of the GTX 970 and upgrading to SLI 970s rather than getting underperforming 1070s and 1080s - Reply

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