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Lost Planet 2, Just Cause 2 Performance

Lost Planet 2
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Lost Planet 2

A follow-up to Capcom’s Lost Planet : Extreme Condition, Lost Planet 2 is a third person shooter that takes place again on E.D.N. III ten years after the story line of the first title. We ran the game’s DX11 mode which makes heavy use of DX11 Tessellation and Displacement mapping and soft shadows. There are also areas of the game that make use of DX11 DirectCompute for things like wave simulation in areas with water. This is one game engine that looks significantly different in DX11 mode when you compare certain environmental elements and character rendering in its DX9 mode versus DX11. We used the Test B option built into the benchmark tool with all graphics options set to their High Quality values.

Lost Planet 2 shows the same performance trend as 3DMark 11. The highest clocked GeForce GTX 680 cards are the fastest here, trailed very closely behind by the factory overclocked GeForce GTX 670 cards. The Radeons trail the GeForces in every instance, save for the reference GeForce GTX 670 to Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition comparison at 2560x1600, where the Radeon comes out slightly ahead.

Just Cause 2
DX10.1 Gaming Performance

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2 was released in March '10, 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 Concrete Jungle. 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, since AMD's cards can't use them.

Just Cause 2 is the first game test that shows a somewhat different performance trend. The Radeon HD 7970GHz Edition is the second fastest card of the bunch and trails only the Asus GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II TOP at the lower resolution. At the higher resolution, the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition trails all of the factory overclocked GeForces, however. And as is expected, the highest clocked cards turn in the best overall performance.

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