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Game Tests: Lost Planet 2, Just Cause 2

Lost Planet 2
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Lost Planet 2
Lost Planet 2 is a third person shooter developed by Capcom. It is the sequel to Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, and takes place ten years after the events of the first game. The plot begins with Mercenaries fighting against Jungle Pirates, while featuring major boss battles, extreme terrain, and the ability to pilot mechanized armor suits. We tested the game engine using the stand alone benchmark tool.   

The results for Lost Planet 2 are significant, because as you can see from the weak framerates posted by many of the systems, it's a tough test that separates the men from the boys. At the higher resolution, only our M17x and the two dual-GPU systems comfortably produced playable framerates; of the three, the M17x came out on top once again.

Just Cause 2
DX10.1 Gaming Performance

Just Cause 2
Just Cause 2 was released in March 2010, from developers Avalanche Studios and Eidos Interactive. The game makes use of the Avalanche Engine 2.0, an updated version of the similarly named original. It is set on the fictional island of Panau in southeast Asia, and you play the role of Rico Rodriquez. We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article using one of the built-in demo runs called Desert Sunrise. The test results shown here were run at various resolutions and settings. This game also supports a few CUDA-enabled features, but they were left disabled to keep the playing field level.  

There's a big jump from the single-card setups to the dual-card setups, but there's another leap up to the gaming prowess demonstrated by the M17x. At this point, our rig just laughed at Just Cause 2 and put up over 200 FPS at 1280x720.

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