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Performance Comparisons with Company of Heroes


Company of Heroes

Relic Entertainment's World War II era real-time strategy game Company of Heroes was originally released as a DirectX 9 title for Windows.  But recent upates to the game have incorporated support for new DirectX 10 features that improve image quality and enhance the game's finer graphical details.  The game features a built-in performance test which which we used to attain the results below. Our Company of Heroes tests were run at resolutions of 1,280 x 1,024, 1,600 x 1,200 and 1920 x 1200 with 4X anti-aliasing and all of the game's image-quality related options set to their maximum values.

Running Company of Heroes in DirectX 10 mode puts a major strain on all of the graphics cards we tested.  The performance trend we've witnessed up to this point continues to play out in this game, with the HD 3870 edging out the older 2900 XT, but trailing NVIDIA's GeForce 8 series hardware.



Switching to a dual-card CrossFire configuration gives the Radeon HD cards a nice boost in performance, and the Radeon HD 3870 CrossFire rig is able to overtake the GeForce 8800 GTS and GT SLI systems at the higher resolutions by a few frames per second.

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