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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  • vred - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Memory chips don't really need heatsinks, but memory VRMs do - so if overclocking memory, you have to watch their temperature and take care of their proper cooling. Reply
  • eanazag - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    I am happy to see both Nvidia cards come out packing heat. for once Nvidia isn't totally price gouging at launch. In fact, we should see AMD prices come down soon as AMD reviews Nvidia's sales numbers. The 290 and 290X are pushing like 10 months on the clock at pretty much launch prices. it is about time we the price have a reason to come down. The 970 is the card to do so.

    Assumedly, Nvidia already has the 980 TI taped out for AMDs next response card. I am disappointed to see that there is no builtin audio decoder like in AMD. It means little hope to see many developers leveraging audio hardware to reduce CPU load in games with 5.1+ situations.
  • JlHADJOE - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    I doubt we'll see a 980Ti. Like the 680 before it, the 980 is already a fully enabled chip. Reply
  • Kraelic - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    It is a GM204 upper-midrange chip as were any Gxx04 chips before... this is like the launch of the 680 and 670 GK104 cards, then in the refresh 770 and 760 used those same chips when the 780 GK110 high end came out with the true flagship core.

    There will be a GM210 flagship taking the titan and x80 name, and the GM204 will go into the x70 and x60 cards at a lower price and this refresh is what I am interested in.
  • randomhkkid - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    However like the 780 before it is is also a Gxx04 chip so therefore there will be a Gxx10 chip above it suited to cards like the 980ti as was the case with the 780ti. Reply
  • randomhkkid - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    beaten to it ;) Reply
  • Samus - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - link

    we'll probably see a 980Ti in the form of a 20nm part. even if there is no architectural difference they could tweak it for a smaller process while possibly boosting the clock. who knows...1500MHz GPU & 8GHz GDDR5? Reply
  • squngy - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    I'm not up to date, but if crypto-currency miners are still interested in radeon cards AMD might not rush to lower the price, or if they do the retailers will just pocket the difference and sell at the same price. Reply
  • AnnonymousCoward - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    A 10% OC won't heat a chip to the point of damage. You will most likely first reach the point when the memory fails to function.

    Btw Ryan, you keep saying it's "clocked at 7GHz" but I don't think that's true. Probably need to add the word "effective". Is the real clock 1/2 or 1/4 that?
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    You'll frequently see 1/4 in OC tools. In the end it doesn't matter, both numbers are valid: one is the frequency of the data on the bus (the high marketing number) and the other one is the frequency of the memory chips. Reply

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