NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580: A New Flagship Emerges

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FarCry 2 Performance

FarCry 2
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FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date. Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations.  We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map.  The test results shown here were run at various resolutions with 4X AA enabled.

As we've seen previously, in comparison to other single-GPU powered cards, the new GeForce GTX 580 is a powerhouse. In the FarCry 2 benchmark, the GTX 580 easily bests all of the other single-GPU powered cards and significantly outpaces the Radeon HD 5800 and 6800 series cards. The Radeon HD 5970, however, leads the pack.

6870 6850 5870 5850 5970  GTX 460  GTX 470  GTX 480 GTX 580
% Increase 84.7% 95.8% 62% 69.8% 21.7% 77.3% 71.5% 48.1% 30.8%

Things tighten up in the multi-GPU FarCry 2 tests and the new GTX 580 SLI config is able to surpass the Radeon HD 5970 CrossFire setup at 1920x1200, but at the higher resolution, a pair of AMD's most powerful cards (at least currently), take the lead.

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