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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. Performance

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. is an aerial warfare video game that takes place during the time of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter.  Players have the opportunity to take the throttle of over 50 famous aircrafts in both solo and 4-player co-op missions, and take them over real world locations and cities in photo-realistic environments created with the best commercial satellite data provided by GeoEye.  We used the built-in performance test at two resolutions with all quality settings set to their highest values, using the DX10.1 code path for both the Radeons and GeForce 400/500 series cards.

The GeForce GTX 580 engaged its afterburners in the H.A.W.X benchmark. In this test, it takes two AMD GPUs (i.e. the Radeon HD 5970) to hang with the GTX 580. All of the single-GPU powered cards in AMD's current line-up almost seem quaint in comparison to the GTX 580.

6870 6850 5870 5850 5970  GTX 460  GTX 470  GTX 480 GTX 580
% Increase 92.9% 96.1% 72.5% 72.1% 58.2% 96% 84.8% 65.2% 46.1%

The same trend we saw in the single-card tests rings true in our SLI / CrossFire testing, except this time around it takes four AMD GPUs to outpace two GeForce GTX 580s.

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