NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Round-Up: MSI, ZOTAC, GB

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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.

As is typically the case for NVIDIA-powered cards, the GeForce GTX 660s also performed well in Lost Planet 2. Here, the higher-clocked GeForce GTX 660 cards were able to overtake the stock Radeon HD 7950 and all of the cards were clearly faster than the Radeon HD 7870.

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 trend we has seen in the first few benchmarks returned in Just Case 2. In this game, the new GeForce GTX 660 cards landed somewhere in between the stock Radeon HD 7950 and Radeon HD 7870, but only a few frames per second separated them all.
 


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