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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  • Ryan Smith - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    It will apparently be delivered via a vBIOS update, judging from what is being said on EVGA's forum. Reply
  • justaviking - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    Excellent. Thank you. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Too bad it seems ACX 2.0 is a loud ass cooler, have used EVGA in the past but that moves it off my list. Reply
  • Qwertilot - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    You'd think they should be able to get the fans to at the very least spin down a lot further than that at idle - there seems to be at least three 970 cards capable of running on purely passive cooling at idle now. (Asus, MSI and Palit.). Reply
  • maximumGPU - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Very tempting for us 670 owners!
    Although will look for models with quieter coolers. Seems silly to have a loud one with such a low TDP.
    Reply
  • Dahak - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Did I miss the information about the compatibility issues that was indicated in the 980 review? or is it going to be in another article?
    Reply
  • JarredWalton - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    It was briefly discussed on page 3:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/8568/the-geforce-gtx...

    Basically, it was mostly a problem with the ASRock motherboard Ryan uses for GPU testing.
    Reply
  • sweeper765 - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    So EVGA put all this work into lowering fan power consumption but forgot about idle noise? I find this perplexing . And i believe they had this same problem with other older models as well.

    Also i don't like the idea of passive cooling. Running the card at 50C for a long time is not good for longevity. I had a passive Gigabyte card in the past that after a few years was showing colored pixels on the screen.

    Better to use a low rpm (<1000) for quiet operation. You're not going to hear the difference anyway because you have other components making some kind of noise in the case.
    Reply
  • Tetracycloide - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    In fairness, idle noise is much easier, just a BIOS change. Load noise required hardware revisions. Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Why use two 6-pin PCIe power connectors when a single 8-pin would do the job just fine? Would certainly cut down on the BOM, and of course cable clutter. Reply

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