NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Round-Up: EVGA, ZOTAC, GB

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.

The new GeForce GTX 650 Ti cards handily outpace the Radeon HD 7770 in Lost Planet 2 and compete favorably with the stock 2GB card. The factory overclocked Radeon HD 7850 1GB card, however, holds a slight lead over NVIDIA's latest.

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.

The Just Cause 2 benchmark looks much like the synthetic tests from the previous couple of pages. In this game, the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti cards once again outpace the Radeon HD 7770, but can't quite hang with the somewhat more expensive Radeon HD 7850 1GB card. The next step up in NVIDIA's came, the stock GeForce GTX 660 also has a big lead over the 650 Ti here.

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