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Just Cause 2 Performance

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 The 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. 

With the sole exception being the overclocked GeForce GTX 480, no other single-GPU card comes close to the performance of the GeForce GTX 580 in the Just Cause 2 benchmark. The dual-GPU powered Radeon HD 5970 is markedly faster than the GTX 580 here, though.

6870 6850 5870 5850 5970  GTX 460  GTX 470  GTX 480 GTX 580
% Increase 89.7% 90.1% 67.4% 71% 26.7% 59.6% 50.1% 33% 20.8%

The GeForces seem to hit a wall at around the 61 FPS mark in JC2, when using SLI. We ensured that v-sync was disabled both in game and in the drivers, and tried different combinations of application control, etc., but didn't see the kind of performance boost we expected here. As such, the Radeon HD 6870 and 5870 CrossFire configurations are able to overtake the GTX 580 SLI rig.

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